An OWA membership is necessary in order to participate in OWA-sanctioned weightlifting events, which include practically all weightlifting events in Ontario aside from informal club competitions.
The weightlifting season runs from April 1 to March 31 each year. Individuals and clubs are required to renew their membership annually at the start each season, including lifetime members.
Elite Athlete ($90): The Elite Athlete rate is for athlete members wishing to train and compete at any Elite Competition*, and who have met qualification standards where required. Note: refunds will not be issued if an athlete fails to make qualification standards once an Elite Athlete Membership is purchased.
General Athlete ($60): The General Athlete rate is for athlete members wishing to train and compete at any General Competition**. Note: athletes may upgrade from General to Elite mid-season if qualification standards are met. Masters lifters should purchase a General Athlete membership unless competing at Ontario Elite Competitions.
Juvenile/Youth General Athlete ($35): The Juvenile or Youth General Athlete rate is for athlete members who are 17 years of age and under (calculated in the athlete's year of birth at the beginning of the season) wishing to train and compete at any General Competition.** Note: athletes may upgrade to Elite mid-season if competing at an Elite competition.
Coach ($35): The Coach rate is for coach members who do not compete. Coaches who also compete should purchase either a General or Elite Athlete membership and provide their coaching level.
Non-Competitive ($35): The Non-Competitive rate is for members who train under an OWA-registered club but do not wish to compete.
Technical Official ($35): The Technical Official rate is for technical official members who do not compete. Officials who also compete should purchase either a General or Elite Athlete membership and provide their technical official level.
Volunteer ($2): The Volunteer rate is for members who exclusively perform volunteer roles. Examples include, but are not limited to, loaders at sanctioned competitions; club directors who do not also coach, officiate or compete; parents; and drivers.
Lifetime (Complimentary): The Lifetime Membership is complimentary and has been established for OWA members who have been recognized as members of the 35-Year Club.
Clubs ($70): This membership is for clubs who wish to be affiliated with the OWA and to participate in Olympic-style weightlifting in Ontario by hosting events or by having athletes, coaches or officials who participate at sanctioned events.
Please note: In order to register with the OWA as an athlete or coach, you must be a member of an OWA-registered club, which you will represent for a minimum of one season. If an OWA member chooses to change their club membership mid-season, the member must continue to represent their original club until the season is complete unless a Club Transfer Application Form is received by the OWA.
*Elite Competition: Any OWA-sanctioned competition that required achieving a qualifying standard to enter, the Junior Ontario Championships, and any out-of-province, national or international competition.
**General Competition: Any OWA-sanctioned competition from club level to open that does not require achieving a qualifying standard to enter and that is not a provincial championship.
Please visit our individual membership page, Lifetime Achievement Award page (for members of the 35-Year Club), or club membership page for more information and to register. For a list of OWA-registered clubs, please download our club list.