The annual Coach of the Year Awards recognize outstanding coaches in British Columbia for their dedication and contribution to sport. Founded by the Coaches Association of BC, the Coach of the Year Awards celebrate community leaders who continually inspire athletes to realize and reach their potential.
Through the generosity of the Bob Bearpark Foundation, each recipient of a Coach of the Year Award will receive a $250 bursary. Altough award presentation will not occur in person this year, recipients will be honoured virtually.
viaSport is committed to prioritizing equity and inclusion in all that we do, including in this nomination process. We encourage nominations for coaches of all backgrounds regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability or disability, socio-economic status, age, political or religious belief or non-belief. We only ask that all nominees meet the nomination criteria and align with our values of trust, achievement, innovation, collaboration, and passion.
viaSport invites the sport community to nominate coaches who have demonstrated leadership, effective coaching and personal growth throughout their career.
What are the categories?
- Community Coach – coaches grassroots and recreational athletes at any age
- Competition Coach – coaches athletes who are developing competitive skills and preparing for higher competition within regional or provincial programs
- High Performance Coach – primarily coaches athletes at the international level
Please note that coaches can only be nominated for one category.
Who can submit a nomination?
Nominations are accepted from a variety of individuals including, but not limited to:
- Provincial Sport Organization representatives
- Local Sport Organization (Club) representatives
- Current or former athletes
- Parents/Guardians of athletes
- Other coaches
Nominations must be accompanied by two references.
viaSport believes in value alignment across all of our programs and initiatives. To ensure the Coach of the Year awards program remains updated and current with our values, we have performed a review of the nomination and selection process. We believe that the updates resulting from this review will allow us to highlight valued coaches in our sport community and foster positive development of the program based on our ever-changing sport landscape.
Read the nomination guidelines HERE.