As the collective voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. In recognition of these athlete leaders and their contributions to sport and the athlete social responsibility movement, AthletesCAN presents annual awards in which athlete recipients are nominated and selected by their peers. These AthletesCAN Leadership Awards celebrate the importance of athletes as role models; honours the successes they have achieved through their work as leaders and change agents; and encourages former athletes to stay connected to the sport community and to make a difference.

In 2018, AthletesCAN announced its planned revival of the Canadian Sport Awards – to be hosted by the athletes for the athletes. This iconic awards show was first established 45 years ago to showcase excellence in Canadian sport and quickly evolved to become the premier event for national sport achievement and leadership recognition.

“As part of our mandate, AthletesCAN is excited to celebrate and acknowledge the impact of the achievements our athletes and sport leaders have on society. Their contribution deserves national and formal acknowledgement”, says Dasha Peregoudova, former President of AthletesCAN. “This act of appreciation is integral to recognizing that the role our athletes play is centrally important to the Canadian collective on and off the field of play. The Canadian Sport Awards will once again provide that platform to share the stories of greatness, determination, selflessness, and persistence in the face of grueling obstacles that sport can create. We hope that the rest of Canada will join us in celebrating our love for the power of sport.”

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