Coaching Association of Canada

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 Petro-Canada will honour these recipients before their peers at the Sport Leadership Awards Ceremony, during the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference, November 8-10 in Ottawa, ON.


Qualifying period: September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018*

*Exceptions to this timeline will be made for major Games ending in September.

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.

  • A minimum of 8 countries must have competed in the preliminary round of competition at Open World Championships, at Olympic Games, or at Paralympic Games;
  • A minimum of 6 countries must have competed in the preliminary round of competition at Special Olympics World Games.

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 process:

The CAC will track and record all eligible championships during the qualification period and on a regular basis notify the appropriate NSO of any eligible performances. After receiving the completed nomination package, all nominations will be reviewed by the CAC awards committee.

The nomination MUST be supported by the athlete or team. In some circumstances the CAC may request to contact athletes directly to clarify the role and contributions of personal and team coaches.

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 receiving eligibility notification.

Documented evidence verifying the medal-winning performance (a copy of the event start list, preliminary round) and the number of entries must accompany the nomination.

In addition to these documents, nominators must submit a complete coach biography in Word format, a high resolution head shot, and a minimum of one action shot.

Click here to nominate online
Click here to download the nomination form.

Nominations should be submitted to:
Brad Welock
Coordinator, Marketing