Canadian Sport Awards

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.

“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. 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.”

Dasha Peregoudova, former President of AthletesCAN

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 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.

Key Timelines

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  (

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.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime.
  2. This award must be presented to a current or retired national team athlete.
2022Shaquille Murray-LawrenceBobsleighAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2021Mandy BujoldBoxingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2020Hayley WickenheiserHockeyAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2019Evan DunfeeAthleticsAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
 Michael LinklaterBasketballInclusion
2018Mark TewksburySwimmingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
 Billy Bridges / Sami Jo SmallHockeyInclusion
2017Brad SpenceAlpine SkiingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2016Chandra CrawfordNordic SkiingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2015Jane (Rumball) ThorntonRowingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2014Kyle ShewfeltGymnasticsAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2013Kyle MillerLacrosseAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2012Philippe BeaudryFencingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2011Jennifer HeilFreestyle SkiingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2010Clara HughesSpeed Skating / CyclingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
2009Adam KreekRowingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
 Andrew HaleySwimmingAthletesCAN Social Responsibility
 Scott Fraser-DauphineeBasketballAthletesCAN 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.

Specific Criteria:

  1. This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime.
  2. This award must be presented to a Canadian citizen.
2022Molly CarlsonHigh Diving
2021Evan DunfeeAthletics
2020Laurent Duvernay-TardifFootball
2019Christine SinclairSoccer
2018Jill OfficerCurling

#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.

Specific Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. The nominator must be involved in the rep’s respective organization as an athlete, administrator, volunteer, or director.
2022 Cynthia Appiah Bobsleigh
2021 Karen Paquin Rugby
2020 Celina Toth Diving
2019 Beckie Scott Cross-Country Skiing / WADA Athlete Council
2018 Inaki Gomez Athletics

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..

Specific Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. Eligible sport leaders must represent a national organization working for the betterment of Canadian sport.
  3. Eligible organizations include those that operate at a national or provincial level and whose mandate includes the betterment of Canadian sport.
  4. This award can be presented to an individual only once in their lifetime for individual recipients.
  5. 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.
2022Seyi SmithBobsleigh & AthleticsBruce Kidd
2021Jennifer HeilFreestyle SkiingBruce Kidd
2020Marnie McBeanRowingBruce Kidd
 Jean LarochePara Athletics (Coach)Leadership in Sport
2019Stephanie DixonPara SwimmingBruce Kidd
 Michael SlipchukSkate CanadaLeadership in Sport
2018Chandra CrawfordCross-Country SkiingBruce Kidd
 Michele O’KeefeCanada BasketballLeadership in Sport
2017Claire Carver-DiasArtistic SwimmingAthletesCAN Leadership
2016Chantal PetitclercPara AthleticsAthletesCAN Leadership
2015Curt HarnettCyclingAhletesCAN Leadership
2014Todd NicholsonPara HockeyAthletesCAN Leadership
2013Chairmaine CrooksAthleticsAthletesCAN Leadership
2012Mark TewksburySwimmingAthletesCAN Leadership
2011Michael SmithWrestlingAthletesCAN Leadership
 Tom QuinnN/ALeadership in Sport
2010Nathalie LambertSpeed SkatingAthletesCAN Leadership
2009Sami Jo SmallHockeyAthletesCAN Leadership
2008Iain BrambellRowingAthletesCAN Leadership
2007Bobby MilroyBadmintonAthletesCAN Leadership
2006Beckie ScottCross-Country SkiingAthletesCAN Leadership
2005Lori JohnstoneRacquetballAthletesCAN Leadership
2005Lilo LjubisicAthleteticeAthletesCAN Leadership
2005Mark LowryCOCLeadership in Sport
1998Greg EdelowWrestlingBruce Kidd
1997Jean-Pierre CantinJudoBruce Kidd
1996Curt HarnettCyclingBruce Kidd
1995Charmaine CrooksAthleticsBruce 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
for good

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
2019 Bianca Andreescu Tennis
2018 Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir Figure Skating

Randy Starkman Award for Leadership in Sports Journalism

The Randy Starkman Award for Leadership in Sports Journalism was initially created in 2012, following the sudden passing of its namesake just a few months prior, who served as a long-time Toronto Star amateur sports reporter and advocate. The award recognizes the extraordinary career and unparalleled contributions of the late Randy Starkman in telling the stories of Canadian athletes and sport for over 30 years from an athletes’ perspective. This award will serve as an ongoing recognition of his legacy and will be a call to action to inspire current and future Canadian sports journalists to strive for the kind of sports journalism that he demonstrated throughout his career.

Specific Criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. Eligible candidates are permitted to win the award more than once in their lifetime.
  3. Eligible candidates must be well-respected within the industry and sport, maintaining integrity and humility within their work and throughout their career.
  4. The eligible work must cover the stories of Canadian athletes who represent sports under the qualification of AthletesCAN membership.
YEARNAMEMedia Outlet
2022Lori EwingThe Canadian Press
2012Randy Starkman (accepted by Thomas Hall, Canoe/Kayak)Toronto Star

For all other former CSA categories, click here.

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