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Aboriginal Sport Circle – National Coaching Awards for Indigenous Excellence in Sport Presented by the Aboriginal Sport Circle in Partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada:
National Indigenous Coaching Awards
National Coaching Awards for Indigenous Excellence in Sport


The Aboriginal Sport Circle is committed to developing sport that fosters the development of the whole individual. In addition to their coach achievements, recipients will have demonstrated a personal commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and fair play, as well as to being a positive role model. They will also have demonstrated a commitment towards living a holistic lifestyle – one that develops their physical, mental, cultural and spiritual capacities.


The Awards honours the accomplishments of a coach within a given program year (September 1st to August 31st). Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible as nominees:

▪ Applicants must be Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis).
▪ Applicants must be active within the year of nomination (September 1st 2018-August 31st 2019).
▪ Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship, fair play and ethics in sport.
▪ Applicants must complete a nomination package and submit to the Aboriginal Sport Circle on or before September 13th at 11:59 E.S.T. (Ottawa).

Nomination information to include the following:


▪ Nominee’s name, age, gender, address, telephone number, sport(s) nominated for, and number of years coaching.
▪ Level of competition(s) achieved as a coach (i.e. community, regional, provincial, national, or international).
▪ 4-5 high resolution photos of the nominee coaching their athletes.

Detailed description

Nominations must include supporting narrative documenting how the nominee displays the following qualities:
1. Shows a personal commitment to his/her coach development
▪ Identify training or professional development that nominee has maintained and cite improvements from this training or professional development.
2. Demonstrates a positive image as it relates to his/her role as an Indigenous coach
▪ Provide examples or testimonials of how the nominee’s conduct reflects the principles of fair play and sportsmanship as it specifically relates to the sport, officials, and the opposition.
▪ Provide three written testimonials from program leaders, parents, athletes and/or Indigenous community as to the nominee’s positive image.
3. Demonstrates a commitment to a holistic lifestyle by maintaining a balanced physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual outlook
▪ Provide up to three testimonials from program leaders, parents, athletes and community.
4. Personal achievements
▪ List any coach awards or levels of achievement that the nominee has received. Proof of achievements is requested (i.e., highest level of competition coached at top ranking and results, MVC and other accomplishments).


Two (2) awards will be presented, one (1) male award and one (1) female. Coaches will be selected from the nominees and will be presented with their award at the 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala on Friday, November 8, 2019 in Richmond, British Columbia.
2019 National Coaching Award Selection Criteria
The criteria for the selection will be based on:
▪ The coach’s highest level of competition.
▪ The coach’s ranking/results.
▪ Other accomplishments (MVC, etc.).
▪ Commitment to professional development.
▪ Positive role model in sport and Indigenous community.
▪ Demonstration of fair play and sportsmanship.
▪ Holistic balance (Physical, mental, emotional, cultural, spiritual).

Application Process
1. Applications will be accepted by email:
or via online application link:
2. Application deadline: September 13th at 11:59 E.S.T. (Ottawa) and can be submitted via email or the online application process.

The national selection will be announced by October 1st, in preparation for the 2019 Petro- Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala on Friday, November, 8, 2019 in Richmond, BC.

Call for Nominations: Opens August 19th, 2019
Deadline for applications: September 13, 2019
Selection Committee Review: September 14th-27th, 2019
Notification to Award Recipients: September 30th, 2019
Award Gala: November 8th, 2019

How do you nominate a coach…Three easy steps:
Complete a Nomination Form
(provide detailed information on the nominee and nominator, if applicable)
Complete a supporting narrative
Email or process the online application that includes the Nomination Form and narratives to the Aboriginal Sport Circle.
National Award Presentations

In order to profile the award the national awards will be made at the 2019 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, November 8, 2019 in Richmond, BC
The two national recipients will receive the following:

1. All expenses paid round trip to Richmond to accept the national award;
2. A custom-made National Indigenous Coaching Award;
3. A $1500 bursary to support coach development opportunities;

National Indigenous Coaching Award
National Coach Awards for Indigenous Excellence in Sport
For the Province/Territory of:_____________________________________________________________
Name_________________________________________________________ Gender:_________________
Home Address__________________________________________________________________________
Province/Territory____________________________________ Postal Code_________________________
Home Telephone #: ( )_____________________ Email Address _____________________________
Sport(s) Nominated for:___________________________________________________________________
Number of years involved in sports:__________________________________________________________
Highest Level of achievement in sport:_______________________________________________________
Please also provide additional documentation of a detailed description of the nominee’s qualifications and achievements and testimonials.
Province/Territory___________________________________ Postal Code__________________________
Telephone: ( )_________________________________ Email Address_________________________
Signature of Nominator:
______________________________________________________ Date_______________________2019
Completed forms must be received by September 13, 2019 or sooner to:
Kelsey Dayler
Aboriginal Sport Circle, Program-Event Coordinator