Athletic awards


Becoming an amateur athlete isn't child's play. Every successful athlete will attest their victories stem from years of training, dedication, struggle and perseverance.

For the past 52 years, the City of Kitchener recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of many of this city's and country's finest amateur athletes, and the coaches who have inspired and motivated them to excellence.

Nominations for the 2019 Athletic Awards are now open for submission. If you're interested in nominating a local athlete or team for our next Athletic Awards banquet, which will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, please review the nomination eligibility criteria below. If the individual or team is eligible, click the links below to submit your nomination online.

INDIVIDUAL Nomination Submission Form >

TEAM Nomination Submission Form >

2019 Athletic Awards Nomination Eligibility Criteria
To recognize Kitchener athletes who have achieved a provincial, national or international championship.
  1. The athlete or team must place first in a Canadian provincial or national championship/game or if they receive gold, silver or bronze in an international championship/game sanctioned by a recognized Canadian provincial or national sport governing body.
  2. The athlete must be a member of a Kitchener sport organization (or a member of an Ontario regional or provincial team or a Canadian national team) that is affiliated with a recognized Canadian provincial or national sport governing body and registered in the event as a member of the Kitchener organization.
  3. All members of a Kitchener sport organization regardless of the member's residency are eligible.
  4. Kitchener residents who participate on teams in other municipalities are not eligible unless there is no such similar organization in Kitchener.
  5. The athlete must be of amateur status.
  6. Activities involving motorized vehicles under the control of the athlete are not eligible.
  7. Each eligible athlete/team may include up to three additional award recipients (coaches or managers).
  8. This program is not open to university, community college or school team athletes.


Sanctioned means: The athlete or team must have been selected based on performance by a Canadian provincial or national sport governing body to represent the province of Ontario or Canada at a national or international championship/ games. This does not include "invitational" events. They must represent the province of Ontario or Canada as champion.

Performance must be based upon generally, but not limited to, the results of an official competition or series of competitions, or a "standard of performance" such as qualifying time for example.

Examples of eligible events:
Canadian and Ontario Summer/Winter games, Canada Cup, provincial or national sport association championships, Commonwealth, Pan Pacific or Olympic Games. 

Examples of ineligible events:

Invitational and international competitions.* (Where gold medalists are not considered world champions.)

*If in doubt or if you have any questions regarding qualifying events, please call 519-741-2200 ext. 7688.


A review committee composed of one elected official, one community sport representative and one community services employee shall review the applications for recognition by the City of Kitchener to determine the eligibility of athletes.

Nomination Deadline:
All nomination forms must be received by Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

If you require a hard copy, please contact Lisa Collins at 519-741-2200 ext. 7688 or e-mail

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