Medal Events

Up to 41 and 45kg / 50 kg55, 61 and 67 kg73, 79, 86 and Over 86 kg

Up to 49 and 54 kg59 kg65 kg
72 kg80 kg88 kg97 kgUp to 107 and +107kg

– The final list of events will be dependent on the number of entries.

Photo Gallery

Sport Overview

In this power-infused sport, the objective is simple: lift the most weight.

At the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan Am Games, Mexico came first with four gold and two silver in the sport, while Cuba placed second with one gold and two silver and Colombia third with one gold.


Powerlifting was initially exclusive to athletes with spinal cord injuries, but by the second Paralympic Games in 1964, expanded to include other disabilities.

How it works

Assuming the benchpress position — lying on bench with head and body (including buttocks) touching bench — athletes lower the bar to their chest. Once the bar is motionless, athletes must press upwards until their arms are straight and hold the bar still until the referee gives the signal. Athletes are given three tries for each lift.

Men and women compete separately and depending on their weight class.


The surface upon which the athlete lies to perform his/her lifts. Benches stand no more than .5 metres (1.6 feet) high.

Commencement and completion
An upward or downward arm movement given by the chief referee to signify the start (commencement) and end (completion) of the lift.



Physical Impairment

Sport Classes

Powerlifting is open to athletes with all eight eligible physical impairments, provided these impairments have a certain severity that impacts on sport performance. All athletes have an impairment in their lower limbs or hips, which prohibits them from competing in able-bodied weightlifting, and all athletes compete in one sport class.

Additional Information

Additional Information