It may be a FIFA World Cup year, with excitement building in Russia as the remaining teams edge ever closer to lifting the famous trophy, but in the Olympic Movement there is only one prize on everyone’s lips: the Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards.

This annual gong rewards an outstanding coach who has gone above and beyond to develop and nurture athletes in the spirit of Olympism.

The candidate can be active or retired, and a coach in either Summer or Winter Olympic sports; the only requirement is that they have coached in at least one edition of the Olympic Games.

Other qualities the panel will be looking for include the coach’s status as a role model for athletes, cutting-edge training methods and practices, a track record of looking after the wellbeing of athletes and ways in which they have enriched their sport and the Olympic Movement in general.

The panel in question comprises the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission, two IOC members of the Athletes’ Entourage Commission and two IOC members of the Athletes’ Commission. After scrutinising the candidates, they will pick their two ‘Nominees’: one outstanding female coach, and one male coach who has caught the eye.  

Nominations can be accepted from a number of individuals and organisations, including IOC Members, IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission members, Summer and Winter International Federations acting through their President or Secretary General, National Olympic Committees acting through their President or Secretary General, and Continental Associations acting through their President or Secretary General and Olympians. Anyone belonging to one of these groups can nominate as many coaches of any gender as they like. 

After the success of last year’s inaugural awards – won by legendary US swimming coach Jon Urbanchek in the men’s category, and the long-serving and inspirational Japanese artistic swimming coach Kaneko Masako in the women’s – there are high hopes that the 2018 edition will be even bigger.

All eligible nominators are asked to fill in the online form below, explaining why their nominee should win this year’s IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Nomination Form

Please include this MANDATORY ENDORSEMENT FORM with the nomination

The nominations process will be open from 9 July 2018 and will close on 12 August 2018. The two winners will be invited to attend the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires during which the Award Ceremonies will take place.

Good luck to all candidates – we hope to see you in Buenos Aires!

Read the General Rules and Regulations here.