Weight training may be the most accessible sport for all as it requires little start-up expense and can be experienced at a local gym or even at home. For the competitive athlete who is looking to excel on a platform with able-bodied individuals, Powerlifting is one of the few sports – aside from Judo – where a visually impaired athlete can compete on equal ground with sighted counterparts.
To get started with Powerlifting, grab the nearest object and get to work!… More serious? Call us to learn more about competitive opportunities and programs that are right for you. Not interested in being a competitive Powerlifter? Join Powerlifting to improve your strength, power, resilience, and mental fortitude to be more competitive in your other sports. Contact us for information and we will get you ready to lift! For more information on the sport, 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, Great Britain, Canada, and USA. On April 16th, 1988, the first World Cup of Powerlifting was staged in Ottawa, Canada. Forty-one lifters participated in this meet with a men’s and women’s Open and Masters category competitions taking place under International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) rules.
On April 6, 1990, the second World Cup of Powerlifting was held in Riverside, California. This competition was hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). The third World Championship was staged in Perth, Australia on April 11, 1992. In the following four years, the World Championships were held as follows: 1993 Ottawa, Canada; 1994 Marbella, Spain; 1995 Colorado Springs, USA; and 1996 Edmonton, Canada.
In the sport of Powerlifting three attempts in the squat, bench-press, and the dead lift are granted to each competitor. The highest successful weight lifted from each exercise are added together for the total weight lifted. For female powerlifters, there are 11 different weight classes. Age classes include men’s Open division 14 to 39 years old, women’s Open division 14 to 39 years old, Master’s division 40 to 49 years old, and 50 years old and over for both male and female athletes.
No consideration is given to sight classification; that is to say – B1, B2, B3, blind athletes all compete against each other. All competition rules are the same as those issued by the International Powerlifting Federation. To date, all our records have been drug tested and conferred by internationally carded IPF officials. A coaching manual has been developed and printed in English for blind lifters and is available upon request.