The Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association (MAWA) was incorporated in 2007 as a nonprofit corporation. MAWA is a volunteer run organization. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Clubs are generally run by volunteer coaches and managers.
In 2009 MAWA was recognized by the Government of Manitoba as the governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling within the Province of Manitoba. As the official Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) MAWA sets the policies and standards for the sport of wrestling within the province. MAWA is an affiliate member of Wrestling Canada Lutte which is the national governing body for the sport of wrestling within Canada. Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the two styles of wrestling sanctioned by MAWA.
Manitoba Wrestling works collaboratively and has established a thriving stable organization that delivers and supports developmentally appropriate wrestling programs. Together, we grow wrestling in Manitoba
MAWA embraces the following core values to provide a positive experience for all stakeholders: Respect: To acknowledge, recognize and consider others. Integrity: Consistently act with honesty, accountability, and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the organization. Teamwork: Collaborating and working together towards common goals. Transparency: Operating in an open comprehensible manner.
MISSION: Manitoba Wrestling drives the development and growth of wrestling in Manitoba. We support personal and organizational excellence for athletes, coaches, clubs, officials and other key stakeholders at all levels, throughout our province.
Why get involved with wrestling
Wrestling is a sport where anyone can participate. Athletes compete according to age and weight so they are never too big or too little for the sport unlike many other sports. You will find athletes of all body types involved with the sport. The sport is open to both male and female athletes. All the athlete needs to get started is a T-shirt and shorts. Wrestling is a sport that will develop strength, endurance, flexibility, and strategic thinking. It develops sportsmanship and camaraderie. While it is an individual sport athletes develop social skills by learning to be good training partners and being part of a team at practices and competitions.
So you want to start a club
The two greatest challenges you will face will be finding a suitable training facility and acquiring a mat. Ideally a space large enough to hold a 36`X 36` wrestling mat. Check with local schools and community clubs. Some churches may also have large open spaces available for rent. For programs for young children you can use the standard Velcro together mats found in many schools and community clubs. For older athletes (junior high and older) you will need a proper wrestling mat which is a major expense. Check on the internet for specials on demo mats or used mats. Sometimes mats can be found on ebay. Occasionally MAWA may have a mat to lend out to a new club but these are in short supply and high demand.
All coaches must meet certain standards. In the province of Manitoba the provincial government has mandated that all coaches take a Respect in Sport course. This course is offered on line by Sport Manitoba. It is found on their website at www.sportmanitoba.ca. MAWA also requires all coaches to have training from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). To find out more information on the NCCP go to www.coach.ca. The particular course needed depends on the type of athlete you wish to coach. For teaching introductory classes or working with elementary wrestling there is a one day course called Community Coaching Kids Wrestling. For high school level competitive athletes you will need to take the Competition Introduction Course which is offered in two parts over the span of two weekends. All coaches must have successfully completed a child abuse registry check within the past three years.
Registering Your Club
To participate in any events that are sanctioned by the Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association you must register your club as a MAWA member Club. All coaches and athletes must also be registered members of MAWA. Club and individual membership forms are found on the MAWA website at www.mawawrestling.ca. Registrations and payments can also be done online through the MAWA website. All members must sign a liability waiver which must be forwarded to the MAWA address listed on the membership forms.
Benefits of Membership
All MAWA member clubs are covered by the MAWA insurance policy. This policy provides liability insurance for all normal club activities and covers club board members, coaches, officials, athletes, and volunteers. It also gives coverage for property damage if your club rents facilities. All athletes are also covered by Sport Injury insurance. More information on insurance coverage can be found on the MAWA website www.mawawrestling.ca.
MAWA membership allows participation in any events sanctioned by MAWA or any of its provincial or territorial affiliates as well as participation in national events sanctioned by Wrestling Canada Lutte. High performance athletes have the right to try out for international competition sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA) including World Championships and the Olympic Games.
Member clubs can apply to host tournaments and training camps. They may also have access to funding opportunities through MAWA and their regional Sport Manitoba offices. Coaches have access to subsidized NCCP coaching clinics and professional development.