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

Powerlifting is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from January through June.

Powerlifting Guidelines

Available Events

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

2020 Sectional Competition

  • There will be no Sectional competition for 2021.

2020 State Competition

  • Summer Sports Finals
    • Date(s): June 12-13
    • Location: SONJ Sports Complex, Lawrenceville

Participation Information

  • All practices must align with the current SONJ RTA guidelines.
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times by all participants.
  • No equipment should be shared between athletes and must be sanitized between athlete use.
  • For athletes that utilize chalk, they must provide their own gallon size Ziploc bag of chalk.
  • Refer to the “Powerlifting Guidelines” at the top of the page for more information.

Criteria for Advancement

  • There will be no sectional competition.
  • All athletes will be eligible for Summer Sports Finals.

General Guidelines

  • No more than fifty (50) total individuals at a venue at one time.
    • This includes athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
  • While at the venue, ensure all participants practice social distancing and maximum group number limitations as outlined in the current RTA plan.
  • Programs must use as few volunteers as possible for training/practice. Spectators are discouraged to attend training/practices.
  • Athletes must provide their own belt.

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.