Powerlifting for athletes with a disability made its first appearance in 1964 at the second Paralympic Games in Tokyo as ‘Weightlifting’.
Only men with spinal injuries participated with slightly different rules than are used today. Later it changed from ‘Weightlifting’ to ‘ Powerlifting’ and now the competition is
open to all athletes with cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, amputees (lower limb amputees only) and les autres who meet the minimal disability criteria.
Women competed in this sport for the first time in Sydney in 2000.
The sport is active in most provinces and it is convened by Moekie Grobelaar