Women’s Leadership Awards artwork competition opens

2017 Women’s Leadership Awards artwork competition winner
European Athletics

2017 Women’s Leadership Awards artwork competition winner

Calling all artists! Bring out your paints, brushes, pencils, sketch pads and digital design programs and start creating!

You are invited to assist European Athletics with the recognition of the women who are making a difference in the sport of athletics by producing a piece of artwork that will become the main prize for the 2019 European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards. 

One piece of work will be selected by a public vote from the entries submitted to the competition. It will be professionally reproduced so that copies presented to the award winners at the European Athletics Golden Tracks Awards Night and at national ceremonies in the following months. 

The creator of the selected work will receive a commission of 1000 CHF.

The artwork contest is open to anyone - female or male - living in the 50 countries served by European Athletics. Students of art, design and related fields are especially encouraged to enter.  

Entry Specifications:

Entries may be a painting, drawing or mixed media print in A4 size (21 x 29.7cm).

Entries should express the following themes and ideas:

- The sport of athletics (running, jumping, throwing, walking) and its associated values such as competition, health & fitness, discipline, education, quality of life.

- Women

- Leadership

- Strength

- Celebration


Entries can be submitted online by clicking here. It is also possible to submit entries by post to: 

European Athletics Artwork Contest

Avenue Louis Ruchonnet, 16

CH-1003 Lausanne


Please note that on the written request of the artist, European Athletics will endeavour to return entries submitted by post but it cannot assume responsibility for the return condition of any of the entries submitted.

Entries should include the following information about the artist as an appendix:

- First and last name

- Mailing address

- Email address

- Phone number

Entry Deadline

The deadline for the submission of entries is 31 August 2019. 

Final Selection

A European Athletics-appointed jury will select the winning entry and the results will be announced at the end of September. 


On selection the ownership and future use rights of the winning entry are transferred to European Athletics.


The biennial European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards was created in 2009 to recognise and celebrate women leaders in the sport of athletics.

Each of European Athletics’ 50 Member Federations is asked to identify one winner for her work and accomplishments as a coach, volunteer, administrator, or elected official - anything other than for success in competition. The main criterion is “a significant contribution that serves as an example of leadership and other values of the sport of athletics”. 

The national winner of Estonia will be invited to European Athletics Golden Tracks Awards Night in Tallinn, Estonia on 26 October 2019 to receive the first of the awards and artwork prizes on behalf of all the national winners.  The other winners will receive their awards and artwork prizes in local ceremonies organised by their national Member Federations. 

For more information on the European Athletics Women’s Leadership Awards and the artwork prize competition click here or contact Marc Sintes at marc.sintes@european-athletics.org.