Irish Para Powerlifting is delighted to announce we will be hosting an International Paralympic Committee accredited Paralympic Powerlifting National Referee Course from October 22nd to 24th in Cork city. This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in officiating in the sport of Para Powerlifting.
Para Powerlifting is a developing sport in Ireland and is open to male and female athletes with the following eight (8) eligible physical impairments (impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, and athetosis) with a range of physical disabilities, including (Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord injuries, Lower Limb Amputation, poliomyelitis), who meet the current minimal eligibility criteria and can perform, safely and appropriately, according to the IPC Powerlifting rules. All eligible athletes compete in one sport class, but in different weight categories.
The bench press is the sport’s single discipline, with 10 different categories based on body weight. Competitors must lower the bar to the chest, hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arms length with locked elbows. Athletes are given three attempts and the winner is the athlete who lifts the highest number of kilograms. The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Powerlifting Technical Committee.
For more information about the Referees training course please refer to the following flyers:
Paralympic Powerlifting National Referee Course
IPC Powerlifting: Referees Qualification & Development Pathway