Awards U SPORTS Honours

U SPORTS Honours

Celebrating leadership and passion for university sport.

At the U SPORTS Conference and Annual Meeting, four award recipients are honoured for their exemplary leadership skills and passion for university sport.

About the Awards

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award name description
Jean-Marie de Koninck Coaching Excellence Award Honours since 2007 an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to university sport as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a coach at the local, provincial, national and/or international levels.

The award is named for the former swimming coach and long-time math professor at Laval University, who also served as a swimming commentator for Radio Canada at several Olympic Games.  
Fred Sgambati Media Award

Presented to a member of the media in recognition of major contributions to the development and growth of Canadian university sport.

Fred Sgambati was a well respected reporter/broadcaster who was a great supporter of university athletics in Canada. A former University of Toronto athlete and university football official, Sgambati was the radio voice of the Canadian College Bowl (now the Vanier Cup) for its first 13 years.

Austin-Matthews Award Presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport, as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a coach, director, chairperson and/or executive committee member at the local, provincial and/or national levels.

The award is named in honour of Dr. Patricia Austin and Dr. Arnold Whitney Matthews, former faculty members at the University of Alberta of University of British Columbia, respectively. Dr. Austin developed the first undergraduate concentration in adapted physical activity in Canada while Dr. Matthews later became president of the Men’s Athletic Committee at UBC.
L.B. "Mike" Pearson Award

Presented to a distinguished Canadian citizen of outstanding achievements who, having participated in interuniversity athletics, has by his/her personal accomplishments exemplified the ideals and purposes of interuniversity athletics and amateur sport.

The award is named for the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, who coached the University of Toronto hockey and football teams, and served as a history professor at the university.

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All winners will receive a commemorative durilium ring from Baron, the Exclusive Provider of championship rings and recognition jewelry of U SPORTS.