Para Powerlifting was one of the first sports contested by people with a disability and requires strength, power, coordination and dedication to training. For athletes with vision impairment, competition consists of the bench press, squat and dead lift, whilst athletes with an amputation, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or other physical disability compete in the bench press only.
Para Powerlifters can compete in state, national and international events including the Association’s Para Powerlifting State Championships, Powerlifting Australia National Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Paralympics. Athletes, however, need to be classified to compete at state, national and international level. Para Powerlifting is only available for lifters with a physical impairment.
Para Powerlifting training can be done at any gym, however we have specialised para-benches available at locations in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Townsville and Cairns, with further areas to roll out in the coming 12 months.
Download our Para Powerlifting Fact Sheet to see your closest centre.
New lifters are encouraged to do a general fitness/strength and conditioning program prior to starting a specific Para Powerlifting training program and Powerlifters with vision impairment can contact their local Powerlifting club for information about come and try opportunities and membership.
For a list of Powerlifting clubs in your area, visit Powerlifting Australia.
You don’t have to be a Powerlifter to be involved. You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please get in touch with us below.