Dust off your best outfit because we’re back and ready to celebrate not just any year but an Olympic year! 

You are cordially invited to the party of the year – the 2024 Awards Gala & Hall of Fame Celebration – on Saturday, September 21st, 2024 at the beautiful Toronto Marriott Airport Hotel – as we come together to celebrate the incredible Athletics achievements of 2024.

We’ll be announcing our emcee and guest speakers soon, but in the meantime, here’s what you have to look forward to.

  • A champagne reception, delicious food with a full-service meal, and beverages.
  • A celebration of current and past athletes.
  • A silent auction with one-of-a-kind items.
  • Games and activities galore for the young athletes – and the young at heart – to keep them smiling from ear to ear.
  • The opportunity to connect with friends and teammates.

Plus, we’ll unveil some of the world-class Canadian athletes who will be there to share in the fun, sign autographs and take pictures!

AWARD NOMINATIONS

Athletics Ontario will soon open nominations for the  2024 Awards Gala Athletes of the Year – and other special awards.

  • Athlete of the Year Awards will be presented to the top male and female athletes in each age group – U14, U16, U18, U20, Open, Para, and Masters.
  • Nyron Higgins Excellence in Athlete Development and Coaching Award (NHEADCA) recognizes track & field (T&F) coaches who have made a significant impact on their athlete’s lives by fostering a love for the sport.  The award celebrates coaches who demonstrate inclusivity, supportiveness, and selflessness in their coaching approach, inspiring their athletes to reach their full potential on and off the track, by providing additional support for their coaching education. Through their dedication and guidance, these coaches structure an environment that nurtures the growth and development of athletes, helping them develop into well-rounded individuals and successful competitors. The Awards Selection Committee will choose up to two (2) recipients of the NHEADCA per year, however there will be no more than one recipient in each category (female, male, non-binary). A professional development bursary for additional track and field coaching education of $300 will be awarded to each recipient. The full details and Selection Criteria can be found HERE, with the nomination form below. Please note:
    • Nominations for the NHEADCA may be submitted by athletes, fellow coaches, parents, and/or community members who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s coaching abilities and impact on their athletes and/or community.
    • Self-nominations are permitted provided they include a letter of support from an athlete or an athlete’s parent that speaks to the key attributes mentioned above.
    • Nominators must complete the official nomination form below, providing examples and anecdotes that highlight how the coach has demonstrated the key attributes (outlined in the Selection Criteria Document which can be found HERE).
  • Official of the Year will be presented to an official, as selected by the Officials Award Selection Committee.
  • Volunteer of the Year will be presented to an outstanding volunteer(s), as selected by the Award Selection Committee.
  • Breakthrough, Special and/or Media Award will be selected based on nominations received.
  • All-Ontarian Certificates will be sent out digitally to all athletes who achieved a gold medal performance at any AO provincial championship, including indoors, outdoors and cross country.
  • The full selection criteria will be available soon, so be sure to check back and stay tuned to our AO Weekly newsletter and social channels for the launch. 

The true heart of this gala lies in its purpose of fundraising to support and fuel the dreams of aspiring athletes, coaches, and officials. Your attendance and generosity will help raise these vital funds to propel sport development and provide a world-class platform for Ontario athletes to shine on national and international levels facilities.

Here’s the catch – the excitement is already building.  TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE! So make it a social event, make it a team night out, make it a reunion … and get yours today so you don’t miss out on this extraordinary celebration of Athletic excellence and achievement! GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! We can’t wait to see you there!

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