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Association / Organisation Powerlifting Australia



Powerlifting is the sport of strength. It involves competition for men and women, of all ages and sizes, in the lifts of the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. Classed according to weight group, competitors have three attempts to lift. The competitor to successfully lift the heaviest weight wins. Simple enough, right?

If powerlifting sounds interesting to you there are plenty of competitions around Australia throughout the year. There are options such as a coaching, refereeing and volunteering. A full coaching accreditation course can be done through Powerlifting Australia.

Para Powerlifting

Powerlifting is the ultimate test of upper body strength. It is open to male and female athletes with the following eight eligible physical impairments (impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, and athetosis), with a range of physical disabilities, including (Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, lower limb amputation, poliomyelitis). All eligible athletes compete in one sport class, but in different weight categories.

The bench press is the sport’s single discipline, with 10 different categories based on body weight. Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arm’s length with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of weights.

To find how to get involved in one of the many opportunities in powerlifting, get in contact with us today.