The Irish Amateur Wrestling Association is committed to increasing women’s involvement in wrestling as athletes, coaches, referees and volunteers.
Men’s Freestyle wrestling and weight classes both made their first appearance in the Olympic Games in 1904. Women's wrestling competition was introduced in 2004. To date Ireland has not sent a female wrestler to compete at a high level in a European, World Championships or Olympic Games.
In Ireland, Women’s wrestling is a minority sport but growing year on year. The IAWA is committed to growing women’s wrestling from the grassroots to the senior divisions. We are currently in the process of pursing grants to run specific women’s wrestling programmes to support women wrestlers, coaches and referees.
If you are unsure about how far you can go in women’s wrestling, have a listen to Erica Wiebe.
Erica is an Olympic champion wrestler from Canada. She experienced stigma and
self-doubt for pursuing a sport that society does not always expect of a woman.
She shares the importance of surrounding yourself with people that support your
dreams, and not being afraid to ask for help. With the right community, Erica
believes you can do anything - now dedicating her time to supporting young girls
in Calgary to grow in confidence and purpose through wrestling. Click on the
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Wrestling is one of a few sports that anyone can participate in regardless of gender, height, weight, socio economic status and most disabilities. You might be interested in knowing that in the United States in 2011, the NCAA Division One wrestling champion was Anthony Robles from Arizona State University. The amazing thing about his accomplishment is that he did it with only one leg. Don’t let anything hold you back.
We all know that regular physical exercise is good for a girl's body, mind, and spirit, you can get your daily dose of endorphins from a jog around the block.
Wrestling offers some extra benefits for girls in addition to having fun and
Here are a few:
Wrestling is a contact sport but when some simple safety protocol is routinely followed, the risk of injury is substantially reduced. This protocol includes but is not limited to the following:
Wrestling is the ultimate physical fitness sport. It also has a relatively low-cost outlay.
Wrestling will help you become better at other sports. Wrestlers learn how to hand grapple, improve strength, maintain balance and agility.
In summary, wrestling is a great sport for “battle testing” young people for later in life. There are few things you will ever do that are tougher. As the legendary USA Olympic wrestler and coach Dan Gable once said, “once you have wrestled, everything else is easy.”
Q: What is Freestyle Wrestling
A: Freestyle Wrestling is an Olympic sport participated in throughout the world. Taking someone down and getting in behind in the control position is worth the same amount of points (2), but going from feet to back is worth 4 points. In freestyle, there are also points awarded simply for exposing your opponent’s back to the mat (i.e. rolling them or tipping their back past 90 degrees). In Freestyle Wrestling the bottom opponent only needs to prevent being turned for about 15 seconds. If so, the wrestling returns to the feet.
Q: Do the girls wrestle with the boys?
A: Some clubs may now be starting to offer girls only training, it is important for girls (especially when younger) to also wrestle the boys. This enables them to improve their reaction time and strength. As they get older, depending on their size, this may change and girls will be matched up with partners appropriate to their size and skill level. As the numbers of girls wrestling grows, more girl partners will become available.
Q: Are their girls only competitions?
A: Yes, internationally. At a local level in Ireland, not currently but this is improving. As a result, we will seek out opportunities to travel and improve
Q: Is wrestling dangerous for girls?
A: As with any sport, there is always an element of risk of injury. Soccer, Hurling, Rugby, etc. all have these same risks. However, the close contact nature and rules are set up to help prevent injuries. In addition, wrestling teaches you how to control your body and become more athletic.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the IAWA in the areas of refereeing, coaching, officiating or as a volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Page - www.irishwrestling.ie/membership/
Guide to Women’s Wrestling Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch/A8YoFZg_NGM
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Wrestling Insurance - www.irishwrestling.ie/membership/insurance
Anti-Doping - www.irishwrestling.ie/governance/anti-doping
Covid 19 Protocols - www.irishwrestling.ie/returning-to-wrestling-protocol
IAWA Events Calendar - www.irishwrestling.ie/events
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