Annual Awards

Nominations are now open for the Manitoba Indigenous Sports Awards!

Every year, the Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council selects one male and one female athlete, coach, and volunteer to recognize for their dedication and accomplishments in sports and recreation.

Categories Open for Nominations

  1. Indigenous Athlete of the Year
  2. Indigenous Coach of the Year
  3. Indigenous Volunteer of the Year

Nomination Process and Deadline

Nomination submissions are invited until February 28, 2024. It is important to submit entries before this deadline, as nominations received after this date will not be considered.

How to Submit Nominations

Nominations can be submitted through the following methods:

Mail: Manitoba Aboriginal Sports & Recreation Council 145 Pacific Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6

Fax: (204) 925-5716


2022 Annual Sports Awards Recipients

The recipients were recognized at both our Manitoba Indigenous Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April 2023, and the Sport Manitoba Awards Ceremony.

Indigenous Athletes of the Year

Indigenous Coaches of the Year

Indigenous Volunteers of the Year

For more information regarding both the Hall of Fame & our Annual Sports Awards, please contact:

Carriera Lamoureux

Director of Special Projects


Tom Longboat Awards

The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada. With a few exceptions, the Awards have been given out every year since its inauguration. It remains the longest standing and one of the most prestigious awards for the Aboriginal athletes in the country.

As a program of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, the Tom Longboat Awards provide a forum for acknowledging the growth and strength of the Aboriginal sport movement in Canada and its tremendous impact on the sport development from community level participation to elite level competition.

2023 Award Recipients

Trina Ross

Once again, for the second consecutive year, Pimicikamak Okimawin proudly celebrates the recognition of another outstanding female athlete with the prestigious Tom Longboat Award. This year, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Trina Ross from Pimicikamak for her well-deserved honor as the recipient of the esteemed Tom Longboat Award.

In 2022, Trina stood as the lone Indigenous athlete representing Canada on the national dragon boat team, and she brought immense pride to our nation by achieving a remarkable feat at the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships in the Czech Republic. Her extraordinary accomplishments include an impressive collection of 8 medals, comprising 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 4 bronze medals.

Trina serves as an exceptional role model, inspiring Indigenous athletes of all ages not only within our province but also across our great nation.

We are excited to announce that Trina will receive her well-earned recognition at the upcoming 67th Annual Order of Sport Awards Ceremony next month in Gatineau, Quebec. Joining her in this prestigious honor is another Manitoba-born athlete, Red River Metis, and the 2023 Tom Longboat Award recipient, Connor Church.

Connor Church

For the second year in a row, Connor Church as been chosen as the male recipient for the Tom Longboat Award.

Connor is a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation. He is also a National Team member for Wrestling Canada, winning his first nationals this year, 2022. After winning Nationals Connor went on to win Canada Cup and the Canada Summer Games in his weight class. Over the summer Connor competed at the U20 PanAm Championships, where he placed 3rd overall.

Connor is currently attending Concordia University where he is studying Business Development. He is training as a member of the Varsity team at Concordia and with the Montreal Wrestling club. He is also planning to give back to the sport and community by being a coach at NAIG 2023.

To watch his story, click HERE.

Decade Awards

MASRC's Indigenous Sports Decade Awards (2010-2020)

Each year the MASRC honours athletes, coaches, and volunteers who demonstrate great determination, leadership, and giving back to their community.

This year our annual awards will be celebrating a decade! With the cancellation of most sports this year due to Covid, it's an opportunity to celebrate a career award rather than a season award.

The award recipients are chosen by following a strict set of guidelines and are selected through the Award/Scholarship Selection Committee.

Nominate an athlete, coach or volunteer that has had a successful showing or impact on the provincial, national, or international stage. Submit your nomination by completing a form that can be found below.

Here are our winners!

Manitoba Indigenous Female Athlete of the Decade - Jocelyne Larocque (top-middle)

Manitoba Indigenous Male Athlete of the Decade - Zach Whitecloud (bottom-middle)

Manitoba Indigenous Female Coach of the Decade - Jayme Menzies (bottom-right

Manitoba Indigenous Male Coach of the Decade - Dale Bear (top-right)

Manitoba Indigenous Female Volunteer of the Decade - Jacinta Bear (bottom-left)

Manitoba Indigenous Male Volunteer of the Decade - Faron Asham (top-left)

For full media release, click here.

Monthly Awards

Click below to view and nominate an athlete or community champion of the month!

Athlete of the Month

Community Champion of the Month

Our History

Click on the links below to see past recipients dating back since 1999

1999-Present Aboriginal Athlete of the Year Recipients

1999-Present Aboriginal Coach of the Year Recipients

2011-Present Aboriginal Volunteer of the Year Recipients

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