The RICHON (formerly IKON) Sport Awards provides KNS the opportunity to recognize the stellar contributions of the Athletes, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers and Sponsors of our association.
The KNS Awards Committee provides the submissions to Sports NS for the awards that the committee deem appropriate for the year. We may not submit a nominee for every award, only those that we feel are a results of the past years activities.
The eligibility time frame for the awards is April 1st until Mar 31st (i.e. Apr. 1, 2009, Mar. 31, 2009).
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For the purpose of this award, a team consists of two or more people competing simultaneously as a single entity in an event for the same award. Sports that include team elements such as pairs, crews, relays, doubles, triples, fours, eights, etc. are eligible. Please note: nominations where individual results have been tabulated for a team award are not eligible.
MALE AND FEMALE INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
These awards are presented annually to an outstanding female/male, individual, amateur athlete. Individuals possess the qualities associated with performance excellence and sport achievement.
MALE AND FEMALE TEAM ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
These awards are presented annually to Nova Scotia’s outstanding female and male amateur team athletes. These individuals possess the qualities associated with performance excellence and sport achievement. The nominee must currently represent Nova Scotia as a member of a club, provincial or national team in competition.
- Athletes who compete in both individual and team events may be nominated for both the team athlete and individual athlete of the year categories. However, if the nominee competes in both team and individual events, only those results from the individual competition may be counted for the individual athlete of the year award. Conversely, only those results from the team competition may be counted for the team athlete of the year award.
*Achievements from a high-school or post-secondary event will not be considered in the selection process; however, times or records recognized by a provincial sport organization will be considered.
COACH OF THE YEAR
This individual is considered an elite manager of talent and/or developer of talent within sport. The nominee must presently coach Nova Scotian or Canadian athletes in a club, provincial, national and/or international level competition. High School and/or post-secondary school coaches do not qualify; the nominee must hold a minimum of NCCP Level 1 full certification; and both paid and unpaid coaches are eligible.
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
This individual demonstrates dedication to leadership, contributes to local sport development, and is seen as an advocate for fair play and ethical behaviour in the sport. The nominee must presently officiate Nova Scotian or Canadian competitions in a club, provincial, national and/or international level competition. High School and/or post-secondary school officials do not qualify. Both paid and unpaid officials are eligible.
MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSOR OF THE YEAR
The Major Corporate Sponsor award is presented annually to a Nova Scotia corporation that has contributed to the development of sport in Nova Scotia. Three finalists are identified and there is one winner.
FAIR PLAY AWARD
Over the years, many athletes, coaches and teams have been identified as outstanding examples of fair play in the sport community of Nova Scotia. They have demonstrated hard work and dedication, along with a commitment to ethics in sport. The award may be given to an athlete, a team, a coach or an organization either at the local or provincial level; and the nominee must demonstrate the characteristics of fair play. The selection committee may select up to three winners.
ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
This award is based on accomplishments in successful hosting initiatives, programming innovation, strong management and/or administration and creating progressive programs for athletes, coaches and volunteers. The sport organization approaches both participation and competition with equal commitment. This award is for a sport governing body and not an individual. Provincial Sport Organizations are encouraged to nominate themselves; however, any member of Sport Nova Scotia can advance nominations also. In addition, a PSO can nominate a club or affiliate organization that has demonstrated organizational excellence.
SPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE AWARD
This award recognizes any individual, group, organization, committee or similar body that creates, establishes or initiatives an innovative program, competition or event. The selection committee may select up to the three winners of this award.