Cannes Grand Prix Award – 2002
In 2002, Prof Noakes was awarded the International Cannes Grand Prix Award for Research in Medicine and Water for his work on exercise-associated hyponatraemia (EAH). This work is considered one of the 40 most important “persons or events” in the sport of running in the past four decades.
In 2008, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK), the first foreigner recognised as such. In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in recognition of his involvement in the field of Sports and Exercise Medicine
In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Vrije University in Amsterdam. This was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of exercise physiology and sports medicine.
Order of Mapungubwe, Silver
In 2008 he also received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.
Lifetime Achievement Award
In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Research Foundation for his contribution to sports science research.
In 2014 he was honoured to receive the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) Gold Medal.