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Paralympic Powerlifting Talent Search Featured

The British Weight Lifting Performance Programme is looking for Powerlifters for the Rio 2016 Paralympics and beyond.............. Could it be you?

With such a successful London 2012 Paralympic games, there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in sport within the UK, and BWL Paralympic programme is continuously pushing boundaries in order to provide the best chance of success in Rio 2016 and beyond.  This includes leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to find and develop outstanding sporting powerlifting potential.

The sport is adapted from non-disabled powerlifting, concentrating solely on the bench-press.  An athlete gets 3 attempts on stage to lift their maximum weight. Powerlifting is a weight category sport meaning that there are medals to be won across 10 different categories depending your bodyweight.  These categories range from <48kg to 100+ kg for men, while for women, the lowest weight class is <40kg all the way up to 82.5+ kg. IPC Powerlifting is open to a wide variety of disability groups or do you know someone who is already training down the gym

These are as follows:

  • Amputee: Double or single above knee amputations. Double or single below knee amputations.
  • Athletes with spinal cord lesion, injury, spina bifida and polio
  • Dwarfs: The maximum height for a dwarf to meet minimum disability is 4 feet 9 inches or 145 cms. The athlete must exhibit other disabilities besides being of small stature, therefore excluding a pituitary dwarf.
  • Les autres: A motor paresis of the lower extremity.
  • Athletes with Cerebral Palsy

The aim of BWL Talent Campaign is to identify individuals who posses outstanding raw talent, and with elite coaching and specialist support, could be capable of reaching the top of the podium at the 2016 Paralympics games in Brazil. The Talent Assessment day is an opportunity for athletes to test out thier physical prowess and accompanying hunger to succeed under the guidance of GB coaches and Performance support team.


If athletes wish to be considered for a BWL Talent Assessment day please fill in the online form:

All potential powerlifting athletes must have reached their 14th birthday.

*If an athlete has significantly impaired kinesiology of the upper body which when viewed by the classification team a  potential high risk for injury, this athlete may not be permitted to compete within the sport of powerlifting.

We look forward to hearing from you!!!

The British Weight Lifting Performance Team

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