In Special Olympics, powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat and bench press. Training, determination and attitude are the key factors that define the balance between a successful or failed attempt in this sport.

Powerlifting is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from January through June.  Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2022 season.


2022 Available Events

  • Benchpress
  • Deadlift
  • Squat
  • Combination: Benchpress and deadlift
  • Combination: Benchpress, deadlift and squat

2022 Sectional Competition

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

  • Date: Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • Location: Special Olympics New Jersey Sports Complex 
    1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

2022 Summer Games 

SONJ is excited to announce the return of Summer Games in 2022!  Competition will be held on Saturday, June 11 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. 

Additional Powerlifting Information 

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm, or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Participation Information

Athletes must be 14 years or older to participate in the powerlifting competition.

Criteria For Advancement

• Athletes must compete in sectional competition in order to be eligible to compete in Summer Games.
• Coaches are responsible for submitting the activation list at the sectional event for those athletes who qualify to advance.

General Guidelines

• Coaches may use additional criteria (i.e. behavior, overnight stay, medical) to evaluate the athlete for higher level competition.
• Athletes should provide their own belt. Please see powerlifting belt specifications at
• Lunch will not be served at sectional competition. Lunch will be served on a 4:1 athlete to coach ratio at Summer Games.

2019 Summer Games Results

Use the button below to download results from the 2019 Summer Games held June 7-9, 2019 at The College of New Jersey.

Results by Athlete 

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.