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This page draws together powerlifting-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


300 x 200 Powerlifting with IPF Logo

Special Olympics is pleased to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Powerlifting Federation and appreciates the championship competition opportunities the IPF has provided for Special Olympics athletes.View the Powerlifting Fact Sheet

Every athlete aims in lifting more weights than the opponent using specific moves. In Special Olympics Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat or bench press. It is effort, persistence and loyalty. Training, determination and attitude, are the key facts that define the balance between a successful or a failed attempt. The barbell, despite testing the physical strength, is also highlighting the athlete’s inner wish to improve, “not to make compromises."

The International Powerlifting Federation, which is the international governing body for the sport of powerlifting, has been supporting Special Olympics lifters for years. In April 2013, the IPF and Special Olympics agreed to work together to grow the sport worldwide for people with intellectual disabilities. For example, Special Olympics athletes competed during the 2013 Women's and Men's World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA. The IPF has agreed to share its expertise in Special Olympics powerlifting skills workshops.


Powerlifting Stories and News


May 18, 2015 | North America: Tennessee

Powerlifting Training at La Manga

By Chip Hultquist

Powerlifting coaches Farshid Soltani, Todd Youngblood, and Special Olympics athlete Dion Thomas at the La Manga Sports Training Resort

On April 16-18 2015, Special Olympics Powerlifting athlete Dion Thomas along with Special Olympics coaches Todd Youngblood and Chip Hultquist attended the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) Powerlifting Coaching Certification Course in La Manga, Spain.View Story On April 16-18 2015, Special Olympics Powerlifting athlete Dion Thomas along with Special Olympics coaches Todd Youngblood and Chip Hultquist attended the International Powerlifting Federation's (IPF) Powerlifting Coaching Certification Course in La Manga, Spain. Special Olympics participated in the training at the invitation of Mr. Gaston Parage, IPF President, as a way to strengthen the understanding and partnership between the IPF and Special Olympics. The training was conducted by Ralph Farquharson and Dietmar Wolf, both executive members of the IPF, and was designed to provide participants with the best scientifically validated powerlifting coaching techniques and processes. Among other topics, the training addressed proper technique, injury prevention, periodization and the role of the coach. The information provided at the training will be used to update the online Special Olympics Powerlifting Coaching Guide that should be available after the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

About Chip Hultquist:Chip Hultquist has been involved in Special Olympics and open powerlifting for over 30 years as a coach, coach trainer, Unified partner, official and competition director.
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December 17, 2014 | Middle East North Africa: Egypt

Champion Mariam Naeem

By sanaa monir

On the medal stand

Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.View Story Mariam Naeem is 15 years old. She does aquatics and equestrian as well as bocce. She also works as a TV hostess for a program about intellectual disabilities and also does volunteer work.

About sanaa monir:I am Mariam Naeem's mother, Sanaa.
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July 29, 2014 | North America: Massachusetts

Anything Is Possible

By Sean Curtis

Been in Special Olympics since I was 8. I love meeting new people from all over the world. I'll do Special Olympics as long as my body will let me.View Story Been in Special Olympics since I was 8. Did it in a few states. (Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, New Hampshire and now back to Massachusetts.) Been on TV and in the newspaper. Met a lot of people in Special Olympics. Met my fiance Stef in Special Olympics. Been on a lot of teams. Love to thank them for pushing me. Paula Murphy, Paula O'Rourke, Dennis Dean Sr, Amy Kirkland and my step dad Dave, also athletes, co-workers and boss. I also did World Games 1999 in North Carolina for powerlifting for Team USA. Met celebs. Got out of my comfort zone and did powerlifting for non-Special Olympics, drug-free. Was 7 time state champ. I love meeting new people from all over the world. I'll do Special Olympics as long as my body will let me. There are still some more stuff I have to do before I hang it up. I did all the sports Special Olympics provided at the time, now there is more. National Games I haven't done. Be on the radio. Also the many other sports. World games would be good. Last but not least, hall of fame. I'm 38 now. I took some time off. But now me and Stef are back in it. See us at an event.

About Sean Curtis:I love to write,draw,travel,family is awesome. Love my pets. Love sports. Love taking challenges head on. Love to cook and bake, love movies and music. Love local. Looking for a team stef and I can be on for other sports. Live in Rutland, ma. Trying to get a job. Love the man up stairs(God) not into politics. Love my girl stef. Love to spread my experiences with other people. It's like a ripple effect. They tell me about theirs. I just want to inspire people. Make them feel good. Listen to them. Help them if I can. Hard work really pays off. Tell them reach for goals they can never get and do it no matter how crazy it is. Prove people wrong. Keep reaching for the stars and you might get one. I'm a fun guy. Can be crazy at times. I love special Olympics world wide. Every team.Team is never TEA-I-M. You are like a group of wolf's you gotta take care of your pack. I called every team I was on family. That's just me. Love ya all. Peace and God bless
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Powerlifting Events


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Event

Location

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Colorado State Summer Games

This years Summer Games will be held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University. This event is the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in five sports: athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.
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Special Olympics Colorado
Email:beafan@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Phone:720-359-3100
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 14 2015

Illinois State Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 13 2015

Delaware State Summer Games

Want to experience Summer Games sport competition in its purest form? Come to University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware on June 12-13 to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Sports events will include aquatics, bocce, powerlifting, softball, tennis and track & field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Delaware
Email:info@sode.org
Phone:302-831-4653
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University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
UNITED STATES

Jun 19 - 20 2015

Idaho State Summer Games

Come and cheer on our athletes during our State Summer Games as they demonstrate their courage and determination for 2 days of sport competition in athletics, basketball, aquatics, cycling and powerlifting. This event will be held on June 19-20 at in Moscow, Idaho. Support our athletes and experience sports in its truest form. For more details please use the contact information below.
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Special Olympics Idaho
Phone:800-915-6510
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Moscow, Idaho
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Powerlifting Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


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