Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best powerlifters from all over the Americas during the sixth edition of the Parapan American Games.
Para powerlifting is a sport practiced by men and women with cerebral palsy, lower limb amputation, neurological and degenerative muscular skeletal diseases, and neuromuscular disorders. All eligible Para athletes compete in different weight categories, from up to 41 kg for women and up to 49 kg for men.
Competitors have their legs strapped to a bench and they must take the bar placed on two racks (assisted or unassisted), hold it motionless on the chest and then press it upwards to arm’s length with locked elbows. The Para athlete who lifts the most weight wins. In the event of a tie, the lightest Para athlete is declared winner. Para athletes may make three lifts during the competition. Following each lift, the weight attempted must increase.
Every powerlifter in the Americas dreams on winning the gold medal of the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games. Niel García, our national representative and proud Lima 2019 Parapan Am Ambassador, was bronze medalist at the 2016 World Men's RAW Bench Press Championships - Potchefstroom (South Africa), seven-time South American champion, 3rd place in the world ranking after his outstanding performance in weightlifting competitions, and 10th place in the Paralympic world ranking. Currently, García is Peru’s representative for Lima 2019 and he has his eyes set on the gold of this continental event.
Powerlifting was initially exclusive to athletes with spinal cord injuries, but by the second Paralympic Games in 1964, it expanded to include athletes with other impairments.
Bench: The surface upon which the athlete lies to perform his/her lifts. Benches stand no more than 0.5 m (1.6 ft.) high.
Commencement and completion: An upward or downward arm movement given by the chief referee to signify the start (commencement) and end (completion) of the lift.