National Indigenous Coaching Awards

Each year the Aboriginal Sport Circle presents the "National Coaching Award for Indigenous Excellence in Sport" to one female and one male Indigenous coach who demonstrates exemplary integrity in their approach to coaching.

The awards are presented at the Annual Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada.

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.


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 Awards Gala.


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 to August 31st).
  • Applicants must demonstrate sportsmanship, fair play and ethics in sport.
  • Applicants must complete a nomination package and submit it on or before the application deadline.


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).


National Indigenous Coaching Award Nomination 2023