Canadian Sport Awards will honor the achievements and impact of national athletes

The outstanding achievement, impact and leadership of Canada’s National Team athletes will be honored at the upcoming Canadian Sport Awards.

Showcasing a list of star-studded nominees, the 44th edition will feature five awards recognizing the far-reaching accomplishments and contributions of Canadian athletes, including one you can vote for.

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, will announce the winners on Wednesday in a virtual broadcast.

The finalists for the top three awards have already been unveiled, while the last two nominees lists are expected to be unveiled on Monday and Tuesday.

People’s Choice Award: Most Viral Time of the Year

Awarded by fans, this award highlights current and retired national athletes who have either taken the virtual world by storm with an unforgettable moment or made positive contributions through a digital platform.

There are 10 nominated moments, nine of which are from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic or Paralympic Games. Click here to vote and learn more about each nominee.

WATCH | CBC Sports catches up with Damian Warner:

Meeting with Olympic champion Damian Warner

Decathlete and Lou Marsh Trophy winner explains how Olympic gold feels now that the dust has settled and how he plans to improve for the world championships and Paris 2024. 3:51

True Sport Award

This award recognizes an inspiring Canadian who embodies the highest values ​​in sport, including fair play, perseverance and inclusion.

Paralympic cyclist Kate O’Brien is nominated along with football star Alphonso Davies, tennis phenomenon Leylah Fernandez and Olympic walker Evan Dunfee.

Kate o’brien

O’Brien successfully completed her long and difficult journey to the Paralympic podium after overcoming a life-changing accident in 2017 that left her with a serious brain injury and other significant physical issues.

The 33-year-old Calgary native won silver in Tokyo in the C4-5 500-meter time trial after medics initially told her she would never be able to walk again.

WATCH | O’Brien goes to the silver medal:

Kate O’Brien of Calgary wins silver at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Canadian track cyclist Kate O’Brien wins silver in the women’s C4-5 time trial final at the Izu velodrome. 1:54

Alphonse davies

Davies helped guide the men’s national football team to the CONCACAF qualifying finals for the first time since 1997, bringing them closer to securing a World Cup berth for the first time since 1986.

Earlier this year, the 21-year-old Edmontonian became the first Canadian player and soccer player to be named a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Leyla fernandez

Fernandez has had a remarkable year which saw her compete in her first Olympics and finish second at the US Open. She beat three of the top five opponents en route to the final, including defending champion Naomi Osaka.

The 19-year-old sensation of Filipino-Ecuadorian descent has inspired a new generation of Canadians with her remarkable journey, especially in immigrant communities across the country.

Evan dunfee

Dunfee won Olympic bronze in the 50 kilometer walk in Tokyo with an incredible climb in the dying moments, finishing with a time of 3 hours 50 minutes and 59 seconds in the longest track event.

The Richmond, BC native showed sportsmanship by failing to protest his controversial fourth place finish at the previous Games in Rio, where he was shunned by the eventual bronze medalist.

In addition to winning Canada’s first Olympic walking medal in 29 years, the 31-year-old also set the national record in the 10,000-meter walk this year.

WATCH | Dunfee wins Olympic bronze in Tokyo with late push:

Canada’s Evan Dunfee wins Olympic bronze with last-minute push in the 50k walk

Evan Dunfee of Richmond, BC, took the podium in the home stretch to win bronze in the men’s 50 kilometer walk. Pole Dawid Tomala won gold and Germany’s Jonathan Hilbert won silver. 3:05

AthletesCAN Social Responsibility Award

This award celebrates current or retired members of the Canadian National Team who have used their platform as a high performance athlete to make a positive impact in their sport or community locally, nationally or internationally.

The award recognizes contributions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, community, equity, volunteerism and / or social change initiatives.

Sprint star Andre De Grasse tops a list of nominees that also includes fellow Olympians Mandy Bujold (boxing), Stéphanie Labbé (football) and Kim Gaucher (basketball).

André De Grasse

De Grasse launched the ‘RACE WITH ME!’ virtual challenge in May, inspiring children across Canada to get active in the fight against the negative mental and physical impacts of pandemic restrictions.

The eight-week event, which was named after the motivational picture book he published last summer, encouraged kids to run a distance of 400 meters before uploading their times online for a chance to win prizes.

The six-time Olympic medalist from Markham, Ont., Also offered advice and words of encouragement to the participants.

WATCH | De Grasse’s initiative raises $ 25,000 for Kids Help Phone:

Andre De Grasse and ‘Race With Me!’ unite to raise $ 25,000 for Kids Help Phone

Six-time Olympian Andre De Grasse returned to one of his former high schools, Father Michael McGivney Academy in Markham, Ont., To present a check for $ 25,000 to Kids Help Phone alongside Jesse and Rob Briscoe . The father-son duo joined forces with the Andre De Grasse foundation and ‘RACE WITH ME!’ raise awareness of the importance of physical activity for young people during the pandemic. 2:52

Mandy bujold

The two-time Olympian made history by winning an unprecedented lawsuit against the International Olympic Committee.

The 34-year-old secured a well-deserved spot at Tokyo 2020 after being initially declared ineligible due to a lack of time during the qualifying period due to pregnancy and postpartum depression.

Due to Bujold’s triumphant battle for gender equality, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the qualifying criteria should include accommodation for pregnant or postpartum women during the qualifying period.

WATCH | Bujold speaks of a victorious legal battle:

Canadian boxer Bujold says “the sky is the limit for all women” after winning legal fight with IOC

Watch boxer Mandy Bujold of Kitchener, Ont. Read her statement after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that Olympic qualifying criteria must include accommodation for pregnant or postpartum women during the qualifying period , paving the way for Bujold to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. 5:40

Stephanie Labbé

The Canadian goalie has broken down barriers to LGBTQ inclusion and continues to help create safe spaces for the Pride community while proudly speaking out on LGBTQ representation in sport.

Labbé’s work which was supported by the creation of a Sport Inclusion Working Group and a new Sport Inclusion website.

Kim left

Gaucher successfully challenged Tokyo 2020 organizers to change their COVID-19 protocols and allow Olympians to bring their newborns to Tokyo.

The basketball player from Mission, BC, was still breastfeeding her three-month-old daughter and was in danger of losing her Olympic dream. The 37-year-old made her case on social media and her tenacity led to a decision that allowed her and others to compete.

WATCH | Gaucher and Bujold win the battle to compete in the Tokyo Olympics:

Basketball player Kim Gaucher and boxer Mandy Bujold to compete in Tokyo Olympics

Two Canadian female athletes won their battles to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Star boxer Mandy Bujold and basketball player Kim Gaucher are two young mothers who were barred from going for this reason. 2:04

AthleteVoice Award: Representative of the Year

Athletes’ representatives are honored with this award which recognizes important contributions within their national sports organization, multisport organization or international sports organization.

With a focus on making positive change, the award recognizes exceptional leadership, courage and initiative.

The four nominees will be announced on Monday, December 13.

Bruce Kidd Leadership Award

This award recognizes the work of a retired National Team athlete, sport leader or organization to improve the Canadian sport sector as a leader, advocate, agent of change or builder.

This award is named after Bruce Kidd, inducted into the 1968 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, who has made significant contributions to Canada’s sporting community as an athlete, advocate, author, historian and scholar.

The four nominees will be announced on Tuesday, December 14.

Live coverage of the CSA ceremony will begin Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET on AthletesCAN digital channels. Each prize will be presented by a former winner.

Naomi C. Amerson