Special Olympics Powerlifting is about much more than squats, bench presses and deadlifts. It is about barriers, perseverance and success. Training, determination and attitude determine the fine line between success and failure. The bar may test an athlete's physical abilities, but an internal desire to improve — to not settle for less — is the drive behind the strain and dedication of the sport.
—Special Olympics International National Governing Body

athlete powerlifting

Chairperson: Scott Gosselin

Assistant:  Christa Smaltz

Location: The Villanova Room - Connelly Center, Villanova University
E-mail: powerlifting@villanovaspo.com



  • Bench Press
  • Deadlift
  • Squat
  • Combination (Bench Press and Deadlift)
  • Combination (Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat)


All awards will be on Sunday in the Villanova Room beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Weights will be provided at Villanova University.


The Connelly Center will have changing rooms upstairs from the Villanova Room on the upper level.  These changing rooms (Bryn Mawr Room, Devon Room, and Haverford Room) will serve as the locker rooms and will be clearly designated by signage.  Signs will also designate the gender of the changing rooms.  There will be bathrooms downstairs next to the Villanova Room, which will also be clearly marked.  There will be a warm-up area for the athletes separated by wooden panel doors from the competition area.

Powerlifting Divisioning and Competition Classes


  • 53.0 kg/111.0 lbs
  • 59.0 kg/130.0 lbs
  • 66.0 kg/145.5 lbs
  • 74.0 kg/163.0 lbs
  • 83.0 kg/183.0 lbs
  • 93.0 kg/205.0 lbs
  • 105.0 kg/231.0 lbs
  • 120.0 kg/264.5 lbs
  • Over 120.0 kg/Over 264.5 lbs


  • 43.0 kg/95.75 lbs
  • 47.0 kg/103.0 lbs
  • 52.0 kg/114.5 lbs
  • 57.0 kg/125.5 lbs
  • 63.0 kg/139.0 lbs
  • 72.0 kg/158.5 lbs
  • 84.0 kg/185.0 lbs
  • Over 84.0 kg/Over 185.0 lbs

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