Paralympic Powerlifting

Ages 11 and Up

If you’re ready to get strong and push yourself to limits you never could’ve imagined, try Para Powerlifting!

This competitive sport is open to male and female athletes over age 11 and up with the following 8 eligible physical impairments and a range of physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, lower-limb amputation, poliomyelitis.

  • Impaired muscle power
  • Impaired passive range of movement
  • Limb deficiency
  • Leg length difference
  • Short stature
  • Hypertonia
  • Ataxia
  • Athetosis

The bench press is Para Powerlifting’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 arms’ length with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms.

Paralympic Powerlifting season is from September through July, and athletes will compete in local and travel competitions.


Gateway Games

DASA hosts a large competition every year in May. The Gateway Games offers competition for track and field, archery, boccia, paralympic powerlifting, and swimming. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.

Travel Competitions

The DASA Competition Team will also travel to several out of state competitions. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.

You can also train for the USA Paralympic Powerlifting Team!

Paralympic powerlifting competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
DASA is a Regional Hub and Logan University is home to the U.S. Paralympic Powerlifting Team and the day-to-day operations of the high-performance program!

If you’re new to powerlifting and interested in competing or going for the gold, contact us today!

Participate in Para Powerlifting this Season

Participating in DASA’s powerlifting program or any of our disabled competitive team sports is a wonderful way to socialize, build comradery, become physically fit, gain independence, develop self-confidence, and achieve great things. Please join us this season!

To get started, please fill out the New Athlete Form first, then fill out the registration form for the sport you’d like to play, and be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information. If you need assistance, contact us today. 636-477-0716

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