The Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association (MAWA) is the recognised provincial sport organization (PSO) for the sport of wrestling in Manitoba. MAWA is dedicated to the continuing development of wrestling across the province and to maintain a safe, fun environment for all its members.
History of MAWA
The Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Association (MAWA) was incorporated in 2007 as a non-profit 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. Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the two styles of wrestling sanctioned by MAWA.
MAWA believes in the following values:
We believe in a respectful sport environment that fosters a safe enjoyable positive learning (athletic) experience.
We believe in having transparency in decision-making, in policy development and in goal-setting and that we will act with commitment and passion in our mission.
We believe grassroots development is essential for the expansion of our sport.
We believe in strong, collaborative leadership for all of our levels – board, coaching, officiating, volunteers and athletes, as we all work within the best interests of our sport.
Mission Statement :
MAWA is an organization that is committed to ensure a safe, enjoyable and respectful environment where the sport of wrestling can grow and prosper as we support all Manitobans who have an interest in wrestling - athletes, coaches, officials, parents, and volunteers.
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 mat 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. High School age and older athletes must submit proof of age and citizenship (passport, birth certificate, landed immigrant card are acceptable).