Call for Nominations for 39th Canadian Sport Awards

Deadline for Nominations: December 19th, 2011

Canadian Sport Awards Recognize Canada's Top
Athletes, Coaches & Corporations for 2011 

OTTAWA, Nov. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The True Sport Foundation announced today its Call for Nominations for the 39th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA).

The nomination period begins today and closes on Monday, December 19, 2011.

Canada's definitive event for honouring and recognizing sport achievements will award recipients based upon accomplishments between January 1 and November 30, 2011.

"Canadian athletes work incredibly hard all year round to achieve their personal best and represent our country on the world stage, and the Canadian Sport Awards are the ideal forum to recognize these athletes," noted Peter Leyser, Executive Director, True Sport Foundation. "Not to be overlooked are the tremendous contributions made by coaches, leaders, volunteers and corporations for the crucial support they provide Canadian sport throughout the entire year."

Finalists for each CSA award will be announced on January 9, 2012 with the winners being announced on January 17, 2012.

Official nomination forms can be downloaded from for: 

  • Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Corporate Excellence Award
  • Leadership in Sport Award
  • Volunteer Achievement Award
  • Athlete Leadership Award
  • Spirit of Sport Story of the Year

The Athlete Performance Awards (Male, Female, Team, and Partners of the Year) will be seeded by the Top 8 results published by Sport Canada, therefore no nomination forms are required. 

Canadian sport organizations, media and the general public are encouraged to nominate their sporting heroes for their passion, achievement and contribution to Canadian sport in 2011.

"The Canadian Sport Awards are an annual institution and a great honour for the sport community," says Leyser. "One of the highlights is the incredible and compelling stories we learn about our athletes, coaches and their seemingly insurmountable challenges. We look forward to sharing these stories with the public through our popular "Spirit of Sport Story of the Year" Award".

Nomination Eligibility
Any Canadian citizen can nominate an individual, team or corporation for the Canadian Sport Awards.  Individuals and corporations can also self-nominate.  Eligible entries are for performances or contributions from January 1, 2011 through to November 30, 2011. 

Submissions must be received at the True Sport Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. E.S.T., Monday, December 19, 2011.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Completed ORIGINAL submissions should be sent to:

True Sport Foundation
CSA Selection Advisory Committee
350-955 Green Valley Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K2C 3V4 

38TH CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS (Categories and Winners in 2010):

The Canadian Sport Award categories are listed below, followed by a list of athletes, teams, and corporations honoured in 2010: 

      Male Athlete of the Year:
Alexandre Bilodeau
      Female Athlete of the Year:
Christine Nesbitt
      Junior Athlete(s) of the Year:
Beach Volleyball (under 21 Garrett May/Sam Schachter)
      Team of the Year:
Men's Olympic Hockey Team
      Partners of the Year:
Scott Moir/Tessa Virtue - Ice Dancing

The Corporate Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates a corporation's outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport: Suncor/Petro Canada

The Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate an individual's outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport: John Pickett

The Spirit of Sport Story of the Year category recognizes and celebrates Canadian heroes who, in the pursuit of sporting excellence, have demonstrated values such as fairness, inclusion, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for others, and a true love of sport.
The 2010 winner was: Joannie Rochette

About the Canadian Sport Awards
Established in 1972, the Canadian Sport Awards brings together leaders from the sporting and corporate communities who represent the pinnacle of commitment and competition: Canadian amateur athletes, coaches, sport leaders and volunteers. The annual awards promote sporting excellence across Canada and remind Canadians how sport lifts the human spirit. It is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and victories of our country's finest athletes. Managed by the True Sport Foundation, the Canadian Sport Awards boasts a strong relationship with its modern day founding partners, which include AthletesCAN, Canada Games, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada.  For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit

About the True Sport Foundation
The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization that promotes values-driven sport.  As a leader in the True Sport Movement, the Foundation is focused on building and enriching communities and the lives of individuals by providing a safe, welcoming, and rewarding environment for all participants, at all levels of sport. The True Sport Foundation is committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to Canadian society, to our athletes, and to the physical and moral development of Canada's youth. The Foundation also plays a pivotal role in the Canadian sport system by bringing together leading sport organizations to promote, celebrate and recognize sporting excellence. For more information about the True Sport Foundation, please visit

For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit


SOURCE Canadian Sport Awards

For further information:

Robin Turnbull
Canadian Sport Awards, Program Director

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