About Para Powerlifting

Irish Wheelchair Association is the National Governing Body for Para Powerlifting in Ireland.

Para Powerlifting is a bench press competition, with athletes lying flat on a specially designed bench and then aiming to lower a horizontally weighted bar from arm’s length, to the chest and return the bar under control to the same starting position.

Who can play and where can I play?

Anyone with a physical disability from the age of 16+ can take up the sport.

Para powerlifting is an individual sport. Interested athletes are invited to get in touch to find out more.


There are ten different weight categories for both men and women.

Athletes are classified by bodyweight alone, which means athletes with different impairments compete for the same medals. Athletes are weighed two hours before their competition.

Each competition is a straight final, although two groups are held in weight divisions where there are more than eight competitors.

A number of our athletes compete at international events annually.

National & International events

National Para Powerlifting Championships 2023

Sat 18th Nov 2023
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