2018 Geoff Gowan Award

The Geoff Gowan "Lifetime Achievement" Award recognizes a lifetime commitment to coaching and coaching development and is presented to an individual who has fostered a positive public image of coaching, enhanced the role of the coach within the Canadian public, and who is a role model for future generations of coaches.

The Geoff Gowan Award was created in 1996 to honour former Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) president Geoffrey Gowan, CM, PhD. The Geoff Gowan Award trophy is housed at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, AB, where the recipient will be featured for the year.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive the Geoff Gowan Award, a coach should meet the following requirements:
  • be an NCCP certified coach;
  • have a minimum of 15 years of coaching experience;
  • have demonstrated a commitment to coach education in Canada (e.g., Coach Developer, development of materials, coaching committees, other professional development activities);
  • have demonstrated a commitment to coach mentorship and inspired others to pursue NCCP learning opportunites;
  • have contributed significantly to sport development in Canada (e.g., officiating, representation on sport committees, writing publications, other professional development activities aside from coaching);
  • have demonstrated concern for the holistic development of the athlete by helping to balance sport, social, and educational needs and develop confidence, self-discipline, and respect;
  • have achieved measurable improvement of athlete/team/club performance and/or increased participation;
  • have received recognition of achievements (please list awards/achievements).
Diversity and Inclusion:

The Coaching Association of Canada is committed to promoting the values of diversity and inclusion within the Geoff Gowan Award in order to recognize the tremendous contribution that all coaches make to the Canadian sport system and to the success of Canadian athletes on and off the field of play. The CAC welcomes nominations that reflect the diverse makeup of Canadian coaches.

  • Self-nominations nominations will not be accepted.
  • Past recipients are not eligible for the award
Nomination Package

The nomination package must include:
  • Completed nomination form;
  • Biographical sketch of the nominee that is a maximum of 500 words in length which describes the background and accomplishments of the nominee and how they meet the selection criteria of this award;
  • Supporting documentation (not exceeding five pages) that showcases the nominee’s lifetime contribution to the field;
  • Letter of support from candidates National Sport Organization (if nomination is not directly from NSO).

Complete nomination packages must be received by June 15, 2018