Coaching Association of Canada

2012-2013 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics World Games. The Coaching Association of Canada and Petro-Canada honour these recipients before their peers at the annual Sport Leadership Awards ceremony, during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, November 7 - 9 in Calgary, AB. 


Qualifying period: October 1, 2012 to October 4, 2013

Coaches whose Canadian athletes or teams win gold, silver, or bronze medals while competing in an Open World Championship, the Olympic Games, the Special Olympics World Games, or the Paralympic Games are eligible for this award. Only coaches of athletes/teams in a recognized National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) sport are eligible.

  • An event which has a minimum of 8 countries must have competed in the preliminary round of competition at Open World Championships or at Olympic Games;
  • An event which has a minimum of 6 countries must have competed in the preliminary round of competition at Special Olympics World Games and have been eligible for a medal.

NOTE: Age group World Championships, (e.g. Junior World Championships or Under 23), as well as World Cups ARE NOT qualifying competitions.

To qualify for an award, a coach should:

  • be NCCP Level 3 or Competition – Development certified (NCCP Level 2 Competition – Introduction for Special Olympics);
  • be a Canadian citizen, a Canadian resident, or a landed immigrant in possession of a Canadian work permit who contributes to the Canadian sport system;
  • have worked on a regular basis with the medal-winning athlete or team as either head, assistant, or personal coach;

NOTE: Normally ONE coach is awarded for each medal-winning performance. If an athlete is coached equally by two coaches, the CAC will consider exceptional circumstances if an award should rightly be given to two coaches. In team sports, the head coach and up to two assistant coaches equally share the award.

The nomination MUST be supported by the athlete or team.

Documented evidence verifying the medal-winning performance (official results of the championship) and the number of entries must accompany the nomination.

National Sport Organizations (NSOs) are responsible for nominating eligible coaches and for ensuring the nomination is supported by the athlete or team. NSOs are requested to submit applications for their coaches within 30 days of the Championships or Games.

  • Winter sports will get a response by June 1st of each year;
  • Summer sports will get a response by October 1st of each year (some exceptions may apply).

NOTE: In some circumstances the CAC may request to contact athletes directly to clarify the role and contribution of personal and team coaches.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Nominations should be submitted to:
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Nicola Lightstone