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Tuesday, 30. October 2012

Special Olympics

Category: World

The IPF World Open Championships played host to the Special Olympic athletes for having their powerlifting Championships together with the IPF for the first time in history! The event takes place in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on 29 October 2012.

It was truly an aspiring event that showcased the will and spirit of these athletes as they took to the biggest stage of the IPF as coaches and fans were there to cheer them on during each attempt.


Here is an overview of the Special Olympics - Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics is providing opportunities for more than 4 million athletes, 1 million volunteers and millions more people worldwide through 229 Accredited Special Olympics Programs in more than 170 countries.

Special Olympics Powerlifting rules follow IPF rules except for the supporting bench shirts.  Because of the inequity of allowing some athletes to wear the supportive shirt and others not, all lifters will compete without the supportive shirt.

At the powerlifting championships there were lifters from USA, Austria, Costa Rica, Germany and the host country Puerto Rico! A big help came from the IPF representatives Robert Keller from USA and Alan Ferguson from South Africa to bring the Special Olympics closer to the sport. As this IPF Worlds Competition is the inaugural partnership event between the IPF and Special Olympics International, officials have been selected that have experience with multiple Special Olympics World Competitions as well as IPF competition.

To learn more about the Special Olympics and their cause you can go to their website.

Here you can see some of the photos from the day’s competition – IPF FAN PAGE

30 October is the first day of the IPF Open World Powerlifting Championships, you can catch the action live at GOODLIFT