Powerlifting – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the fifth of the series of sports, we highlight powerlifting and Paralympian Micky Yule.
The ultimate test of power and strength, powerlifting is all about how much an athlete can lift in the bench press related to their own bodyweight. It is open to all athletes with any impairment. The sport is adapted from non-disabled powerlifting, concentrating solely on the bench-press movement. The key aspect of the sport is simple, the person who lifts the most weight within their body weight category on the day of competition is deemed the winner.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will see Edinburgh’s Micky Yule compete in the Under 65Kg weight class.
- Represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 finishing in 4th place in the Men’s Heavyweight category.
- Gold medal in the up to 80Kg weight class at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting European Championships in Eger, Hungary
- Gold medal in the Men’s Lightweight competition at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.
For a schedule of powerlifing events please follow the link: https://www.paralympic.org/powerlifting/rio-2016
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on powerlifting for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video showing powerlifting for participants with a disability can be viewed here:
Please return on Monday for all the information relating to the Paralympic Sport of archery with Scotland’s Nathan McQueen competing as part of the ParalympicsGB team.