Athletes compete in Powerlifting during the Summer Games Season (February – May) for Special Olympics Hawaii. Athletes compete in Powerlifting at Regional competitions (Oahu-wide, or Neighbor Island) to qualify for the State Summer Games held in May. 

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 powerlifters are eligible to compete in three lifts: the bench press, the deadlift and the squat. 

athlete lifting

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. In Powerlifting athletes are also divided by weight class. 


  • Bench press 
  • Deadlift 
  • Squat 
  • Combo 2 (Bench Press and Deadlift combined score) 
  • Combo 3 (All 3 events combined score)

Forms & Resources