The Henri Schubert award is presented annually by the ATFCA. It is conferred on an accredited coach who has rendered distinguished service to Australian Athletics. This should include services to Coach Education and service to the many varied areas of Athletics. Nominations can be made by anyone within the Australian Athletics community including Athletics Australia’s Member Associations, Little Athletics Member Associations and Branches of ATFCA or individuals and should be in writing and be accompanied by a statement of qualification of the nominee.
This award distinguishes coaches who contribute to the development of the sport in all areas from grassroots to elite. The award recognises a coach's leadership and networking at a participation level - it does not only recognise a coach who has reached the pinnacle of their career in coaching. Outstanding coaching and coach educators are innovators and catalysts for the development of future coaches in all areas.
The award commemorates an outstanding coach who produced many athletes of high quality, including world record holders. His coaching achievements were many. Henri was a great supporter of ATFCA, volunteering many hours of work for Athletics and after his retirement in the early 1980’s, he gave of his time to Athletics Australia and the Victorian Athletics Association.
Henri passed away in 1993 it was resolved to recognise his wonderful contribution to the sport he loved with an annual award to an Australian coach. The Henri Schubert Award is recognised each year and is presented at the ATFCA National Congress conducted every two years.
This award is peer-nominated. Confidentiality in nomination is essential and nominees should not be aware that they are being nominated for this award. Nominations are considered by the ATFCA Board of Directors. More than one award may be awarded each year if there are multiple nominations which are considered worthy of the award. Details of successful applicant(s) are published in the ATFCA newsletter.