Powerlifting is one of several sports offered by Special Olympics Programs around the world and includes three basic lifts: the squat, the bench press and the dead lift. Participating in Powerlifting improves an athlete’s overall physical fitness while giving them the experience of being on a team.

Athletes are first classified by weight and then divided by ability. Men and women can participate in all Powerlifting events. Athletes who are trained in more than one event have the option of competing in a combination event. This would combine lift totals from the bench press and dead lift for a total score or combined totals from the three lifts for a total score.

2021 Powerlifting Season

We are postponing the 2021 State Powerlifting Meet originally planned for April. We are currently looking at possibilities to host this event in June if COVID-19 numbers are at a safe level. Details on final decisions will be released as the become available.

If you have any questions related to event cancellations, please email COVID@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Approved SOWI Activities

Special Olympics Wisconsin is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials, staff, and all that contribute to the success of our athletes in training and events. We have implemented a Return to Play plan in accordance with Wisconsin Department of Health Services data to determine phasing of practices and in-person competition.

SOWI is currently in Phase 1 – Small Group Activities. Approved activities for Phase 1 and Phase 2 include:

Return to Play Information