Region C Powerlifting
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Spectators will be allowed for this event.
Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.
Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:
What Is Powerlifting?
Powerlifting provides not only a test of strength but also perseverance. Long hours are required to train for competition in this physically demanding sport. Athletes can compete in one, two or three events combined
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate. Powerlifters are further divided into groups based on weight.
Athletes in Illinois who participate in powerlifting compete locally at Region Qualifying events. Athletes are then eligible to advance to state championships at the Summer Games held in Normal in June.
Powerlifting Events Offered in Illinois
- Bench Press
Saturday, March 26th Weight Classes
Men’s Level-A-53kg – Level-G-105kg
Sunday, March 27th Weight Classes
Men’s Level-H-120kg Level-I-120+kg
All Female Weight Classes
Teams will report directly to the Field house for weigh ins. For all Region and state competitions athletes are required to weigh in prior to the start of lifting. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Please refer to the Special Olympics rules. To stay consistent with the State Tournament, below are guidelines that we will follow each year regarding coaching at the event.
- During any competition organized on a platform or stage, nobody other than the members of the jury, the officiating referees, the coaches, and the lifters engaged in the category being contested will be allowed around the platform or on the stage.
- A coach will be allowed to assist the lifter with establishing their grip and positioning of the bar. Once those have been established the coach must go to the designated coaches’ box. The lift will not begin until the coach is in the coaches’ box. The spotters will be responsible for assisting the athlete with the lift off the rack.
Parking & Entrance
All buses and cars can be parked on the Marmion Campus. You’ll want to park on the north/northeast side of the building – the tennis court side. Participants can enter through the garage doors on the north side of the main school building. All entrances will be flagged for easy visibility.
Head coach will check in at Tournament Central located in the field house. Please report all scratches you are aware of at that time. All coaches must have completed the Class A Process to coach at this event.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Athletes should plan to bring their own lifting belts
- Athletes must compete in a 1 piece lifting suit or singlet and the leg length must not
touch the top of the knee or any knee wrap or knee cap supporter. Athletes with
physical disabilities may wear a two-piece outfit with both upper and lower pieces
being form fitting. Long pants cannot be worn.
- A T-shirt of any color or colors must be worn under the lifting suit by all competitors
during the performance of the Bench Press. It is optional for men, but mandatory for
women to wear a T-shirt during the performance of the Deadlift.
- Sport type shoe (trainers or powerlifting/weightlifting boot) must be worn.
- Competitors may wear a belt. If worn, it shall be on the outside of the lifting suit. It is
strongly recommended that any athletes lifting over 100lbs wear a belt.
- Masks are no longer required but are still highly recommended for all participants.
Awards will be presented after round of lifting. Combo awards will be award at the end of the day. Athletes winning a Gold medal in an individual lift at the area meet will automatically qualify for the State Summer Games in Normal, June 17-19. Athletes who receive only a gold in their combo lift will not advance to Summer Games.
Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.