History of the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA)
The inception of the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA) can be traced back to its founding in the year 2501 by Mr. นายกอง วิสุทธารมณ์, Director of the Sports Division within the Department of Physical Education. Mr. นายกอง วิสุทธารมณ์ sought permission to establish this association from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, which was duly granted on October 18, 2501. Subsequently, an application for the association's registration was submitted to the Special Branch Police Division, and it was officially registered on December 22, 2501. The association was formally established on this date, with its headquarters situated at Pathumwan Technical School, Tambol wangmai, Pathumwan District, Phra Nakhon Province.
The primary objectives of the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association are as follows:
1 Promotion of the sport of weightlifting in Thailand.
2 Organization of championships for member clubs.
3 Hosting weightlifting competitions and fostering cordial relations with international weightlifting associations.
4 Strict adherence to a non-political stance.
The inaugural President of the Association was Mr. นายสำราญ เตชะกำาพุธ
Over the years, the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association has actively engaged in several key activities, including:
Organizing the Weightlifting Excellence Championship of Thailand across various age groups.
Hosting international weightlifting competitions.
Providing training for coaches and referees in the field of weightlifting.
Preparing athletes to represent Thailand in prestigious international competitions such as the SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympic Games, Asian Championships, and World Championships.
Thailand Competition Finals
The association has consistently organized the Weightlifting Championships of Thailand 2-3 times annually. Initially, these competitions aimed to showcase the sport of weightlifting to the public and raise awareness among seniors and the general population. Over time, various public-sector entities, state enterprises, private organizations, and educational institutions have joined in supporting and promoting weightlifting among the youth. This collective effort has led to the continuous development of weightlifting in Thailand, culminating in the emergence of a new generation of national weightlifters.
"The Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association aspires to elevate its management standards and personnel to meet international benchmarks, fostering a legacy of success and national pride in events such as the Olympic Games, Asian Games, and World Championships."
The association's vision revolves around its capacity to effectively manage its operations and enhance the potential of its athletes and sports personnel. By achieving excellence on a global scale in weightlifting competitions such as the Olympic Games and World Weightlifting Championships, TAWA aims to position itself as a distinguished entity in the field.
1 Develop a governance system based on principles of good governance to establish a standardized sports organization capable of self-reliance and international prominence.
2 Cultivate athletes, expand the athlete base, and manage athlete training to enable them to compete and excel on the global sports stage.
3 Develop the nation's sports personnel, both in quantity and capacity, to support the competitive growth of sports in the country, establishing a comprehensive center for international sports personnel development.
4 Manage weightlifting competitions to adhere to international standards, oversee supervision, and contribute to the development of sporting events in the country to meet the criteria set forth by the International Weightlifting Federation.
5 Advance academic, technological, sports science, and sports service initiatives to benefit society and enhance the quality of life for athletes and sports personnel.