Every year, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of amateur athletes and the coaches who have inspired and motivated them.

On this page:

  1. Nominate an athlete or team
  2. 2021 awards

Nominate an athlete or team

Nominations for the 2021 awards are now open. If you're interested in nominating a local athlete or team, please review the nomination eligibility criteria below. If the individual or team is eligible, submit your nomination online.

Nomination deadline: Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Nominate an athlete or team

2021 nomination criteria

Criteria
  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.
Definitions

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 send us an email.

Selection: 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.

2021 awards

Due to changing guidelines associated with COVID-19, staff continue to look at ways to recognize athletes and teams and distribute awards for 2021. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we share information about recognizing the 2021 award recipients.