European Athletics Honours
The success and development of athletics in Europe depends on the incalculable contributions of time, effort and expertise made by individuals working at all levels of the sport. European Athletics regularly recognises those who have given the most through a system of honours, which according to its Constitution are awarded by decision of the Council.
Outgoing presidents of European Athletics are awarded the title Honorary Life President, which is presented at the European Athletics Congress. Currently, this title is held by Mr Hansjörg Wirz (SUI) and Mr Carl-Olaf Homén (FIN), who served as the President from 1999-2015 and 1987-1999 respectively.
Previously, the award was given to Sir Arthur Gold (GBR), who served as President from 1976 to 1987.
Outgoing Council members who have served three or more terms on the Council and other individuals who have given meritorious service to European Athletics are recognised with the title Honorary Member of the Council, which is presented at the European Athletics Congress.
Plaque of Merit
The European Athletics Plaque of Merit is awarded to persons who have given outstanding service and assistance to the development of athletics or to the successful delivery of European Athletics events and projects.
This honour is typically given to outgoing Council members who have served two terms and others such as European Athletics Commission members, event organisers, journalists and administrators proposed by the Council or by Member Federations. It is presented at the European Athletics Congress.
The European Athletics Golden Pin is awarded to persons who have given special service and assistance to the development of athletics or to the successful delivery of European Athletics events and projects.
This honour is typically given to outgoing Council members who have served one term and others such as European Athletics Commission members, event organisers, journalists and administrators proposed by the Council or Member Federations. It is presented at the European Athletics Congress.
European Athletics Awards
Member Federation Award
The European Athletics Member Federation Award is given to individuals who have dedicated a number of years of service to their national federation, European Athletics or both.
This honour is typically given to federation leaders, event organisers, coaches and others proposed by the president of their national federation. It may not be given to a current European Athletics Council member. It is normally given each year at national ceremonies and whenever possible a representative of the European Athletics Council makes the presentation.
The annual awards are the centrepiece of European Athletics' strategy to promote coaching at all levels of the sport.
The coach of each European Champion in the senior category is automatically nominated for the award.
In addition, all 51 European Athletics Member Federations are invited to nominate one additional male coach and one additional female coach per year based on the criteria “excellence in coaching”.
The first awards are given to one male and one female representative of all the winners at the Golden Tracks awards ceremony during the European Athletics Convention.
The remainder of the awards will be presented at national ceremonies.
The competition is open to individuals or teams of scientists, academics, students, coaches, event organisers and others from European countries who wish to share their original work for the benefit of the sport.
The biennial competition, which was established in 1998, offers a CHF 20,000 prize fund for awards in the following five categories:
Entries are judged for their quality and relevance to athletics by an international panel of experts appointed by European Athletics
The author of the top project in each category receives CHF 2,000 and advances to the final round. A CHF 10,000 first prize is presented at an awards ceremony during the European Athletics Convention.
The next edition of the awards will be in 2018. Entry information will be available in Autumn 2017.
European Athletics Women Leadership Awards
The European Athletics Women's Leadership Awards recognise and celebrate the important contributions made by women throughout Europe to the sport of athletics.
The biennial awards, which were given for the first time in 2009, are the centrepiece of European Athletics' strategy to promote the development of women leaders and gender equity in the sport.
For the 2017 edition, 19 European Athletics Member Federations had a national winner whose work and accomplishments, other than in competition, were a significant contribution that served as an example of leadership and other values of the sport of athletics.
The next edition of these awards will be in 2019.