Third year of the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards

January 2020 the Winter Youth Olympic Games promise to showcase the world’s best upcoming talent, while the IOC Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards will honour the distinguished coaches of the previous year.

The annual award, now in its third year, recognises 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 an Olympic summer or winter sport; the only requirement is that they need to 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,  training methods and practices, a track record of looking after the well-being 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 members of the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission and two members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. After scrutinising the candidates, they will pick their two “winners”: one outstanding female coach and one outstanding male coach who have 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 either gender as they like. 

In 2018, Katalin Rozsnyoi (Hungary) and Andreas Schmid (Austria) emerged from a talented field to claim the top prizes. Rozsnyoi is an Olympian herself, having won a silver medal at Mexico City 1968, and her coaching has led to international success for Hungary’s canoeists. Schmid’s leadership helped Great Britain to win 50 per cent of all skeleton medals at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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 Award.

The nominations process is now open and will close on 17 November 2019. The two winners will be invited to attend the Award ceremony in Lausanne during the YOG.

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

Read the General Rules and Regulations here.


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