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. 


General Information

The Powerlifting Fact Sheet provides general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world.

The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for powerlifting shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Powerlifting Rules.

Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.


2022 Available Events

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

Upcoming Events

  • April 22, 2023 Powerlifting Sectional SONJ Sports Complex
    1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
    9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • June 9, 2023June 11, 2023 2023 Summer Games The College of New Jersey
    2000 Pennington Rd
    Ewing Township, New Jersey 08618

Coaching Resources

Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition. Please make sure to check back regularly for new and upcoming training resources!

Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for powerlifting training and competition.

If you have any questions on coaching, visit our coach section for information.


Additional Powerlifting Information 

Sports Registration Checklist

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