Powerlifting was introduced to Special Olympics in 1983. The training season is usually year round with a culminating event in November at Fall Festival – Villanova University.

Details for Delaware County Program

SOPA Season: Fall & Spring/Summer

Head Coach: Scott Smedley – scott41892@comcast.net

What to Expect: Training held in the weight room rain or shine. We welcome all new athlete’s male and female to our program. We work on a whole-body approach to weight lifting. It is a mix of stretching, cardio, calisthenics, and weight lifting. Since each athlete is different and his/her skill set is different, we train each athlete at their own training level. We encourage them to try exercise and enjoy themselves. Our moto “if it was easy everyone would be doing it”.

Training Specifics

Spring Season – Wednesday’s from 630-830pm starting in February 12th, 2020 through May 6th, 2020. The final training session is the week before Mother’s Day weekend. 

Fall Season – Wednesday’s from 630-830pm starting in late August through November. The final training session is the week before Fall Festival.

Competition Dates:

Spring Season – (1) Delaware County Competition @ Marple Newtown HS on the Saturday before Mother’s Day (May 9th, 2020 7:30 am to 3:30 pm).

Fall Season – (1) Local Competition @ Spring Valley YMCA in mid September. (2) Eastern Fall Sectional @ Desales University on Sunday, October 4th. (3) Fall Festival @ Villanova University on November 6-8th.

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with necessary uniform for competition.


ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).