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 Sporting Wheelies 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.
Our Para Powerlifting Programs
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, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.
New lifters are encouraged to do a general fitness/strength and conditioning program prior to starting a specific Para Powerlifting training program.
You do not have to play Para Powerlifting to be involved. You can contribute as a volunteer, coach, team manager, umpire, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please get in touch with us below.
Sporting Wheelies organises regional and state-based competitions throughout the year. Once you have joined a local program, entry to these competitions is open to you.
Calendar of Events
Throughout the year a range of Sports programs and events are held, to view the complete calendar of events please select the link below.