Athlete Awards

First awarded in 1970, the Athlete of the Year award recognizes athletes who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to success during the season through outstanding performance at national or international competitions, dedication to the training program, continued growth in physical and technical abilities, and contributions to sport or community development.

Canadian long track skaters are eligible to win either the Catriona Le May Doan Award (Female Long Track Athlete of the Year) or the Jeremy Wotherspoon Award (Male Long Track Athlete of the Year).

First awarded in 1970, the Athlete of the Year Award recognizes athletes who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to success during the season through outstanding performance at national or international competitions, dedication to the training program, continued growth in physical and technical abilities, and contributions to sport or community development.

Canadian short track skaters are eligible to win either the Nathalie Lambert Award (Female Short Track Athlete of the Year) or the Marc Gagnon Award (Male Short Track Athlete of the Year).

The Peter Williamson Memorial Bursary awards two bursaries of $1,500 each to deserving and promising National Team or Development Team speed skaters who best combine athletic and scholastic achievements. Since its establishment in 1992, the bursary has supported the educational pursuits of over 70 athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent Canada on the World Cup circuit and at the Olympic Games.

Any speed skater or speed skating team who wins a gold, silver or bronze medal at a Winter Olympic Games, wins a senior or junior World Championship title, wins an overall World Cup title, or sets an officially recognized Olympic, senior or junior World Record will automatically be recorded on the Honour Roll of the Speed Skating Canada Hall of Fame.