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
In 2009 MAWA was recognized by the Government
of Manitoba as the governing body for the sport of amateur wrestling within the Province of
As the officialProvincial Sport Organization (PSO) MAWA sets the policies and standards for the
sport of wrestling within the province.MAWA is an affiliate member of the Canadian Amateur
Wrestling Association (C.A.W.A). Freestyle and Greco-Roman are the two styles
of wrestling sanctioned by MAWA.
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 :
is an organizationthatiscommitted to ensure a safe, enjoyable and respectfulenvironmentwhere the sport of wrestlingcangrow and prosper as we support all Manitobanswho have an interest in wrestling- athletes,
parents, and volunteers.
Why get involved with
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 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
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).