An OWA membership is necessary in order to participate in OWA-sanctioned weightlifting events aside from informal club competitions. Memberships for the 2023/2024 season are valid from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
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. Members must represent their original Club until the season is complete unless a mid- season club transfer is approved by the OWA. Click here to send a CLUB TRANSFER request.
Note: Membership rates for 2023/2024 season have been updated for Adult General and Elite Athlete, and Coach.
Athletes requesting to be exempt from a mandatory competition should submit a Request for Exemption form.
Elite Athlete ($105): 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 ($75): 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 ($25): The Juvenile/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 ($50): 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 athletes 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 and club directors who do not also coach, officiate or compete.
Lifetime (Complimentary): The Lifetime Membership has been established for OWA members who have been recognized as members of the 35-Year Club.
*Elite Competition: Any OWA-sanctioned competition that requires achieving a qualifying standard to enter: Ontario Championships, WinterLift, Ontario Classic, and any out-of-province, national or international competition. The Ontario Youth/Junior Championships do not have qualifying standards to enter, but is considered an Elite Competition as it is a provincial championship.
**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.
The membership application includes the following forms: Personal Information and Photo Release (optional - must notify firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed as it will be mandatory on our registration portal), Terms and Conditions (required), Waiver and an Assumption of Risk. All members 18 years and older are required to complete the waiver, while members under 18 and their parents are required to complete the assumption of risk.
The OWA is not unique in requiring waivers to be signed. If you wish to view examples from other associations, you may view the Boxing Ontario application and waiver or the CWFHC 2015 Canadian Senior Championships waiver.
Please contact email@example.com with any membership questions.