The sport of Powerlifting comprises three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines.
Athletes are categorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins.
The IDFPA organises national level competitions where powerlifters can compete in hopes of qualifying for the Irish National team in 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation events and World Powerlifting events. Lifters must be a member of the IDFPA in order to compete in these competitions and new members are welcome to join here.
The IDFPA operates as a non-profit organization. A Committee, headed by the President, is responsible for the operations of the organization. The IDFPA president acts as the official liaison with 100% RAW and oversees national competitions and national team selections.
The Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association