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Weight training is probably the most accessible sport for anyone as it requires little start-up expenses and can be achieved at home or at the gym. For the competitive athlete who is looking for an activity that he or she can perform with able-bodied individuals, Powerlifting is one of the few sports aside from Judo where a person that is blind or visually impaired can compete on an equal basis.
To get started with powerlifting Grab the nearest object and get to work!... More serious? Call us to learn more about competitive opportunities. Not interested in being a competitive Powerlifter? Get into Powerlifting to improve your strength and power to be more competitive in your other sports and live a healthier life. Contact us for information and we will get you ready to lift! Check out the International Powerlifting Federation at http://www.powerlifting-ipf.com/.
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Powerlifting competitions for the blind began in the early 1980´s in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. Competitions in these countries were held with National results and records exchanged between the four participating countries.
On April 16th, 1988, the first World Cup of Powerlifting was staged in Ottawa, Canada. Forty one lifters participated in this meet with men's and women's open, and masters category competitions taking place under International Powerlifting Federations (I.P.F.) rules.
On April 6-7 1990, the second World Cup of Powerlifting was held in Riverside, California, USA. This competition was hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes (U.S.A.B.A.). The third World Championship was staged in Perth, Australia on April 11-12, 1992. In the following four years the World Championships were held as follows: 1993 Ottawa, Canada; 1994 Marbella, Spain; 1995 Colorado Springs, USA and in 1996 Edmonton, Canada.
In the sport of Powerlifting three attempts in the squat, the bench-press and the dead lift are granted to each competitor. The highest successful weight lifted from the squat, the bench-press and the dead lift are added together for the total weight lifted. There are 11 different weight classes for women. Age classes include men's open 14 to 39 years old. Women open 14 to 39 years old. Master's division 40 to 49 years old; 50 years old and over for both male and female.
Rules: No consideration is given to sight classification; that is to say -B1, B2, B3, blind athletes all compete against each other. All rules are the same as the International Powerlifting Federation. To date all our records have been drug tested and referred by International carded I.P.F. officials. A coaching manual has been developed and printed in English for blind lifters and is available upon request.