The Canadian Sport Awards were established in 1972 by modern day co-founders True Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport, Canada Games Council, Commonwealth Sport Canada, and AthletesCAN to recognize and showcase excellence in Canadian sport. Since then, the CSA evolved over time to become the premier recognition event for national sporting excellence. After the 40th anniversary, the awards experienced a five-year hiatus. In 2017, AthletesCAN successfully acquired the rights to revive this staple event to once again bring together members of the sport community to honour the spirit, drive, and commitment of Canada’s international level athletes, coaches, volunteers, and sport leaders.
Past recipients include including Canadian sport icons Donovan Bailey, Chantal Petitclerc, Hayley Wickenheiser, Mark Tewksbury, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Simon Whitfield, and Catriona Le May Doan, among many others.
A Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as one of the hosts of CBC Sports Presents, alongside Andi Petrillo each weekend. Russell’s unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.
A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 16 Olympic Games including his most recent work as host of Olympic Games Primetime during CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games. Russell also hosted CBC’s prime time coverage of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. In 2014, Russell was the network’s on-site host for coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland – his sixth Commonwealth Games with CBC – as well as hosting CBC’s primetime coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. He has also hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany. In addition, Russell was a host and rink-side reporter for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada for 14 years. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors insightful blog posts at cbcsports.ca where he discusses the world of sport from all angles. He is also a member of the CBC Sports initiative on women in sports.
In addition to his roles at CBC, Russell has taught a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto’s Centennial College. He is also a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Education Committee as well as the Ambassador’s Council for the Amici camping charity. He serves on the Advisory Panel for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Public Policy Forum on Value-Based Sport. He has served on the Honoured Members Selection Committee for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and currently serves on the Selection Committees for the Lou Marsh Award/Canada’s Athlete of the Year, and the Toronto Sports Hall of Honour. He serves as an honorary board member of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada, has an honorary doctorate (D.Litt.) at Nipissing UNiversity in North Bay, ON, and serves on the advisory board of the International Centre For Olympic Studies At Western University.
Russell is a graduate of Western University and holds an M.A. in Journalism. In 2014, he was honoured by Sports Media Canada with the George Gross Award for Outstanding Broadcasting. In 2013, he was presented with a CBC President’s Award in the Brand Champion category in recognition of his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network.
Award Categories & History
Over nearly 50 years of history, the Canadian Sport Awards have recognized various former categories in performance, leadership and corporate excellence. As the completion of our archives remains a work in progress, if you have a correction or an addition, please email: Alan Hudes, Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships (firstname.lastname@example.org).
AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award
This award honours a current or retired national team athlete who used their platform to make a positive impact in their sport or community at the local, national, or international level. This award recognizes the significant contributions of an athlete leader in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, community, volunteer and/or social change initiatives. The award’s legacy now also includes the history of the Inclusion: Obliterating Barriers Award.
- This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime.
- This award must be presented to a current or retired national team athlete.
|2022||Shaquille Murray-Lawrence||Bobsleigh||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2021||Mandy Bujold||Boxing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2020||Hayley Wickenheiser||Hockey||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2019||Evan Dunfee||Athletics||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2018||Mark Tewksbury||Swimming||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|Billy Bridges / Sami Jo Small||Hockey||Inclusion|
|2017||Brad Spence||Alpine Skiing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2016||Chandra Crawford||Nordic Skiing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2015||Jane (Rumball) Thornton||Rowing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2014||Kyle Shewfelt||Gymnastics||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2013||Kyle Miller||Lacrosse||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2012||Philippe Beaudry||Fencing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2011||Jennifer Heil||Freestyle Skiing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2010||Clara Hughes||Speed Skating / Cycling||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|2009||Adam Kreek||Rowing||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|Andrew Haley||Swimming||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
|Scott Fraser-Dauphinee||Basketball||AthletesCAN Social Responsibility|
True Sport Award
The True Sport Award recognizes an inspirational Canadian citizen who exemplifies true sport values of fairness, excellence, inclusion, and fun in a meaningful way. Through the pursuit of sporting excellence this Canadian hero showcases dedication, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for others, and a true love of sport.
- This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime.
- This award must be presented to a Canadian citizen.
|2022||Molly Carlson||High Diving|
#AthleteVoice Award: Rep of the Year
The #AthleteVoice Award – 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.
- This award must be presented to a current or retired national team athlete who was an official athlete representative, Athletes’ Council/Commission member, and/or Athlete Director within a national, international, or multi-sport organization within the Qualifying Period.
- The nominator must be involved in the rep’s respective organization as an athlete, administrator, volunteer, or director.
|2019||Beckie Scott||Cross-Country Skiing / WADA Athlete Council|
Bruce Kidd Leadership Award
The Bruce Kidd Leadership Award is presented annually to a retired national team athlete, sport leader, or organization, who has provided meaningful contributions to the betterment of sport as a leader, advocate, change agent, or builder. This award highlights the ground breaking work that contributed to the betterment of sport through inspirational leadership, innovative practices, and/or positive influence on the Canadian sport sector.
The award is named in honour of 1968 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Bruce Kidd, who has made enormous contributions to Canada’s sporting community as an athlete, advocate, author, historian, and academic. The award’s legacy now also includes the history of both the AthletesCAN Leadership Award and the Leadership in Sport Award..
- This award must be presented to a retired national team athlete, sport leader who represents a national sport organization, or an organization at the national or provincial level.
- Eligible sport leaders must represent a national organization working for the betterment of Canadian sport.
- Eligible organizations include those that operate at a national or provincial level and whose mandate includes the betterment of Canadian sport.
- This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime for individual recipients.
- This award can be presented to an organization more than once provided the contributions noted within subsequent nominations differ from those in any previous win.
|2022||Seyi Smith||Bobsleigh & Athletics||Bruce Kidd|
|2021||Jennifer Heil||Freestyle Skiing||Bruce Kidd|
|2020||Marnie McBean||Rowing||Bruce Kidd|
|Jean Laroche||Para Athletics (Coach)||Leadership in Sport|
|2019||Stephanie Dixon||Para Swimming||Bruce Kidd|
|Michael Slipchuk||Skate Canada||Leadership in Sport|
|2018||Chandra Crawford||Cross-Country Skiing||Bruce Kidd|
|Michele O’Keefe||Canada Basketball||Leadership in Sport|
|2017||Claire Carver-Dias||Artistic Swimming||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2016||Chantal Petitclerc||Para Athletics||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2015||Curt Harnett||Cycling||AhletesCAN Leadership|
|2014||Todd Nicholson||Para Hockey||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2013||Chairmaine Crooks||Athletics||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2012||Mark Tewksbury||Swimming||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2011||Michael Smith||Wrestling||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|Tom Quinn||N/A||Leadership in Sport|
|2010||Nathalie Lambert||Speed Skating||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2009||Sami Jo Small||Hockey||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2008||Iain Brambell||Rowing||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2007||Bobby Milroy||Badminton||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2006||Beckie Scott||Cross-Country Skiing||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2005||Lori Johnstone||Racquetball||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2005||Lilo Ljubisic||Athletetice||AthletesCAN Leadership|
|2005||Mark Lowry||COC||Leadership in Sport|
|1998||Greg Edelow||Wrestling||Bruce Kidd|
|1997||Jean-Pierre Cantin||Judo||Bruce Kidd|
|1996||Curt Harnett||Cycling||Bruce Kidd|
|1995||Charmaine Crooks||Athletics||Bruce Kidd|
People's Choice Award: Most Trending Moment of the Year
Created in 2020, the Most Trending Moment Award honours a current or retired national team athlete who has captured the
virtual world by storm. This award highlights the magic that lives within sport to inspire and motivate all Canadians
through innovative use of a digital platform, captivating athletic performance, or who’s digital actions have been a force
In 2018 and 2019, the award recognized the Performance of the Year.
|2022||3×3 Basketball||2022 Commonwealth Games|
|2021||Women’s Soccer Team||Olympic Gold Medal|
|2020||Danielle Kisser||Para Swimming – DIY Pool|
|2018||Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir||Figure Skating|
Randy Starkman Award for Leadership in Sports Journalism
- This award must be presented to a Canadian journalist or current and/or retired athlete (whose sport qualifies for AthletesCAN membership) pursuing a career in journalism.
- Eligible candidates are permitted to win the award more than once in their lifetime.
- Eligible candidates must be well-respected within the industry and sport, maintaining integrity and humility within their work and throughout their career.
- The eligible work must cover the stories of Canadian athletes who represent sports under the qualification of AthletesCAN membership.