These six (6) awards are meant to recognize and celebrate an individual’s outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport. An individual may be entered in ONE of the following categories:

AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award
This award recognizes the contributions of athlete leaders in the community.

The AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award, was created in 2009 by AthletesCAN. The award is presented annually to a national team athlete or former national team athlete who has made a significant contribution to society through sport and/or volunteer initiatives that have made a positive impact on the athlete social responsibility movement in Canada and/or internationally.

True Sport Award
This award recognizes a Canadian citizen who exemplifies true sport values in an inspirational and meaningful way.

The True Sport Award recognizes and celebrates a Canadian hero who, in the pursuit of sporting excellence, has demonstrated values such as dedication, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for others, and a true love of sport. This category showcases the magic that lives within sport to inspire, motivate, and capture the hearts and minds of all Canadians.

Inclusion Award - Obliterating Barriers in Sport
This award recognizes an active or retired national team athlete who has used their platform to advocate for inclusion in sport.

The athlete’s actions have inspired and promoted diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups within an area or areas of our sport community from grassroots to high performance. This new award highlights the initiative, courage and leadership of these individuals.

#AthleteVoice Award – Rep of the Year
This award recognizes the significant contributions of an athlete representative within their national sport organization, multi sport organization or international sport organization.

The athlete representation movement is only as good as the athletes chosen by their teammates to effect positive change. This new award highlights the initiative, courage and leadership of these individuals.

These two awards are presented to an individual only once in a lifetime

Bruce Kidd Leadership Award
A lifetime achievement award presented to a retired national team athlete who has provided meaningful contributions to sport as a leader, advocate, change agent, or builder.

This award is named in honour of Dr. Bruce Kidd who has made enormous contributions to Canada’s sporting community as an athlete, advocate, author, historian, and academic.

Bruce was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1968. As a result of AthletesCAN acquiring ownership of the Canadian Sport Awards in 2017, the AthletesCAN Leadership Award, created in 2005 to recognize similar contributions of athlete leaders, has been merged with the Bruce Kidd Award.

Leadership in Sport Award
A lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding leadership in Sport.

This lifetime achievement award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a sport leader or organization who exemplifies True Sport values as demonstrated by ground breaking organizational leadership, innovative practices and promoting and influencing the sport sector as an agent of change.

*Please note that due to current circumstances relating to COVID-19, AthletesCAN will not be accepting nominations for Sport Performance Awards, People’s Choice: Performance of the Year, and Corporate Excellence Awards.