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AthletesCAN – Ottawa, ON (February 7, 2018) – On September 20, 2018, AthletesCAN will host the Canadian Sport Awards in Ottawa, ON.  This iconic awards show was first established 45 years ago to showcase excellence in Canadian sport and quickly evolved to become the premier event for national sport achievement and leadership recognition.

“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”, said Dasha Peregoudova, President of AthletesCAN.  “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.” 

AthletesCAN will breathe new life into this black-tie event, last held in 2012, with the help of industry leading media partner, CBC Sports.  

“CBC Sports is honoured to play a small role in helping bring back the Canadian Sport Awards and partner with AthletesCAN to ensure that sport leaders and athletic achievements across Canada are able to be properly celebrated and recognized. As Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Network and now the home of high performance sport in this country, CBC Sports amplifies the power of sport to unite a nation across all platforms and we look forward to supporting these awards in the future,” commented Greg Stremlaw, Head of CBC Sports and General Manager, Olympics & CBC/Radio-Canada Chef de Mission for PyeongChang 2018.

The awards will bring together members of the sport, media and corporate communities to honour nominees in the following categories: Sport Performance, Influencers, Corporate Support and the newly added People’s Choice. Staple awards of past editions of the Canadian Sport Awards will be preserved, while a fresh set of new awards will be unveiled to honour today’s diverse sport leadership landscape.

You can expect the 2018 Canadian Sport Awards to recognize its rich history of past recipients, including Canadian sport icons Donovan Bailey, Chantal Petitclerc, Hayley Wickenheiser, Mark Tewksbury, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Simon Whitfield, and Catriona Le May Doan, among others. The 2018 edition will also embody the spirit and dedicated work of the event’s modern day co-founders; True Sport, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, Canada Games Council, Commonwealth Games Canada and the current host, AthletesCAN.

The 2018 Canadian Sport Awards will be hosted in Ottawa on Thursday, September 20, 2018 as part of the 26th annual AthletesCAN Forum. Please stay tuned to our social media channels for updates, calls for nominations, and ticket information.  


About AthletesCAN
As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

To learn more about how you can support the 2018 Canadian Sport Awards, or for any other information related to AthletesCAN, please contact:

Ashley LaBrie
Executive Director