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What is Para Powerlifting?

The ultimate upper body strength test.

Like Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting requires strength, technical ability, and mental toughness. Lifters compete in weight categories and in male or female categories. There are three attempts permitted in competition. The lifter with the highest bench press in their category is the winner.

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The ultimate upper body strength test. The Bench Press is the single discipline of this sport, which is participated in by males and females who have one or more of the following impairments or physical disabilities (please see Para-Powerlifting Rules for extensive list):

  • Loss of Muscle Strength Leg: Loss of strength in a hip, knee, ankle or foot that impacts on the ability to stand.
  • Impaired passive range of movement
  • Limb Loss or Deficiency Leg: Single amputation above the ankle joint.
  • Leg length difference (minimum difference 7cm)
  • Short Stature (Less than 145cm Males, less than 140cm females)
  • Hypertonia, Ataxia, Athetosis Hypertonia (Spasticity, Rigidity or Dystonia), Ataxiaor Athetosis that leads to impairment in function in lower limb.
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Lower limb amputation
  • Poliomyelitis

Like Weightlifting, Para Powerlifting requires strength, technical ability, and mental toughness. Lifters compete in weight categories and in male or female categories. There are three attempts permitted in competition. The lifter with the highest bench press in their category is the winner.

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Para Powerlifters
Para Powerlifters with their medals and coaches
Para Powerlifter Sean Gaffney Benching at Commonwealth Games