Throughout the month of December, AthletesCAN will reveal the finalists in six award categories for the 45th Canadian Sport Awards continuing to focus on trailblazers, athlete-centred accomplishments and initiatives – with the ultimate goal to unite, amplify and celebrate the leadership and voices of our members.
The campaign will culminate in a virtual awards broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 21, live on AthletesCAN’s digital channels.
#AthleteVoice Award - Rep. of the Year
The #AthleteVoice Award for Rep of the Year 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 award highlights the initiative, courage, and leadership of these individuals.
Cynthia Appiah, Bobsleigh
Appiah has played a significant role on behalf of her peers, becoming one of the more vocal athletes demanding change and a new-athlete centred approach within Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, that eventually led to the election of a new President following years of maltreatment in the sport. She currently sits as an athlete representative on the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada’s (SDRCC) Athlete Advisory Committee for the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).
Greg Stewart, Para Athletics / Sitting Volleyball
Stewart currently sits on the Athletics Canada Board of Directors, as an Athlete Representative and like Appiah, was recently elected to the AthletesCAN Board. He has given a strong voice to para athletics and volleyball athletes over a 20-year career, with experience speaking for the needs of athletes in both team and individual sports.
Rob Law, Lawn Bowls
Law serves as Bowls Canada Athlete Rep and continues to lobby actively on behalf of his teammates to improve governance and structures within the National Sport Organization. Prior to the completion of his term on the AthletesCAN Board, Law actively represented the organization at various domestic NSO-run events to help engage prospective AthletesCAN members.