Powerlifting; the ultimate upper body strength test. The Bench Press is the single discipline of this sport, which is participated in by males and females who have one or more of the following impairments or physical disabilities (please see Para-Powerlifting Rules for extensive list):
Those wishing to compete in Powerlifting must meet the criteria set out by the World Para-Powerlifting rules which can be found here.
Powerlifters compete in weight categories, there are 10 for males and 10 for females; from 49kg-+107kg for males and 41kg – +86kg for females.
Weightlifting Wales is the National Governing Body for powerlifting. It is also Wales’s affiliate with the International Powerlifting Federation.
HOW TO POWERLIFT
To perform a bench press a lifter lies supine on a bench and the bar is supported on racks behind the lifter’s head. The bar is taken from the racks at arms’ length, when the referee signals the lifter to start, the bar is lowered to the chest, held motionless at the chest and pressed back to arms’ length with equal distribution between both arms. The athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the greatest number of kilograms.
RULES OF POWERLIFTING
Please follow link to IPC Rules and Regulations:
Each athlete is classified as eligible or not eligible based on whether they meet the minimal disability criteria. To test the minimal disability criteria classifiers observe athletes as they perform a range of movements. They test for muscle power, coordination and range of movement. They also measure the length of the athlete’s lower limbs.
Eligible athletes are divided into ten weight categories based on gender. Females and males compete separately.
There are also opportunities to become a Coach and Official within Powerlifting, for further information please contact Weightlifting Wales.