CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) - Suncor Energy, the proud owner of Petro-Canada, today announced the 2013 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) recipients. The 2013 FACE recipients represent a balance of summer, winter and team sports with selected athletes coming from six provinces across Canada.
Working together with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and their National Sport partners, the FACE program provides developing, pre-carded Canadian athlete and coach pairings with $8,000 in grants. The FACE program has provided more than 2,400 Canadian athletes and coaches with over $8 million in direct financial support. These resources help athletes achieve national carded status and coaches improve their skills over the long term.
"We would like to congratulate each of the 2013 FACE recipients," said Steven Keith, Director, Loyalty and Marketing Partnerships, Suncor Energy. "For the past 25 years, we have been fortunate to support athletes and coaches by providing funding so they can focus on achieving their dreams."
"It's a good day for sport, anytime our partners can dedicate resources that go directly to Canadian athletes and coaches," said Marcel Aubut, president, COC. "The COC is proud of our relationship with Petro-Canada, an organization that has contributed to our budding athletes for 25 years. There is no doubt that the sport movement is transforming and gaining momentum in Canada, and they have been at the forefront of that much needed change."
"These grants will help athletes and coaches who are on the cusp of breaking through nationally and internationally to make that crucial next step," says Gaétan Tardif, the newly-elected President of the CPC. "Building a strong parasport system is essential for the CPC as we work towards the goal of being the world's leading Paralympic nation. As a premier partner of the CPC, Petro-Canada, is playing a significant role in helping advance parasport in this country."
"Receiving this kind of funding is very helpful at this stage in my career," said triathlete Sarah-Anne Brault. "This support allows me to train at a higher level and race in more competitions which will better prepare me to eventually compete against the best in the world."
"I want to be ready for 2014 so I can perform my best and know that I did everything I could to be prepared," added Para-snowboarder John Leslie. "Being an athlete does have a cost, but with the Petro-Canada FACE Program grant I will be able to afford time off work to train and attend World Cups that would otherwise be hard to afford. I feel honoured to have so much support from so many people and hope to make everyone proud."
Coaches who receive grants often use the funding to build their skills or purchase equipment that can be used to benefit multiple athletes within the same sport discipline.
"This is a wonderful initiative and much needed assistance at a time where athletes are juggling so many priorities in their lives," said Mark Burgess, coach of two of this year's FACE recipients, one competing in judo and the other in Para-judo. "Our youth have so much potential, and programs like these keep their hopes and drive alive."
In the past, the FACE program has provided financial grants to Canada's top athletes including 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games medalists: Alexandre Bilodeau, Hayley Wickenheiser, Kaillie Humphries, John Morris, Kristina Groves, Mike Robertson, Jim Armstrong and Ina Forest. Other notable FACE recipients include Mark Tewksbury, Canada's Chef de Mission at the 2012 London Games, Marianne Limpert, silver medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games and Annie Pelletier, bronze medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games.
The 2013 FACE program recipients are:
|Adam Svensson||Golf||Surrey, BC||Derek Ingram|
|Alexander Heinzemann||Sailing||Delta, BC||Steve Mitchell|
|Andrew Yorke||Triathlon||Caledon East, ON||Barrie Shepley|
|Anne-Marie Comeau||Cross Country Skiing||Amos, QC||Louis Bouchard|
|Annie Ewart||Cycling||Victoria, BC||Houshang Amiri|
|Arthur Biyarslanov||Boxing||Toronto, ON||John Kalbhenn|
|Atsuko Tanaka||Ski Jumping||Calgary, AB||Gregor Linsig|
|Barrett Martineau||Skeleton||Calgary, AB||Keith Loach|
|Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos||Wrestling||Toronto, ON||Stan Tzogas|
|Cameron Wheelan||Beach Volleyball||Barrie, ON||Jason Hubbard|
|Camille Remillard||Synchronized Swimming||Terrebonne, QC||Meng Chen|
|Catherine Dauplaise||Table Tennis||Drummondville, QC||David Jacques|
|Cendrine Browne||Cross Country Skiing||Barrie, ON||Louis Bouchard|
|Charles Moreau||Para-Cycling||Victoriaville, QC||Sebastien Travers|
|Christin Tsai||Badminton||Richmond, BC||Darryl Yung|
|Dave Blais-Langlais||Freestyle Skiing - Aerials||Lac-Beauport, QC||Caroline Franc|
|Eleanor Harvey||Fencing||Hamilton, ON||Paul ApSimon|
|Gabrielle Daleman||Figure Skating||Toronto, ON||Andre Berezintsev|
|Genevieve Haley||Wrestling||Shawville, QC||Paul Ragusa|
|Greg Rafter||Skeleton||Calgary, AB||Keith Loach|
|Jackson Carroll||Taekwondo||Halifax, NS||Kathy Pyke|
|Jazmyne Denhollander||Canoe/Kayak||Chilliwack, BC||Jonathan Allen|
|Jessica Ruel||Weightlifting||Rouyn-Noranda, QC||René Bellemarre|
|John Leslie||Para-Snowboard||Winnipeg, MB||Candice Drouin|
|Jon Versteeg||Snowboard - Slopestyle||Kelowna, BC||Chris Witwiki|
|Julia Ransom||Biathlon||Penticton, BC||Richard Boruta|
|Justin Karn||Paralympic Judo||Guelph, ON||Mark Burgess|
|Katelyn Lehner||Athletics||Prince Albert, SK||Stirling Lehner|
|Keegan Zanatta||Swimming||Victoria, BC||Ryan Mallette|
|Kurt Oatway||Para-Skiing - Alpine||Edmonton, AB||Nick Brush|
|Mischa Partridge||BMX||Duncan, BC||Ken Cools|
|Molly Carlson||Diving||Fort Frances, ON||Mike Lang|
|Monika Burgess||Judo||Kitchener, ON||Mark Burgess|
|Nicholas-Guy Turbide||Para-Swimming||Quebec City, QC||Valerie Cyr|
|Patricia Bezzoubenko||Gymnastics Rhythmic||Vancouver, BC||Svetlana Joukova|
|Peter Brothers||Swimming||Victoria, BC||Ryan Mallette|
|Pierre-Luc Poulin||Kayak||Quebec City, QC||Luc Grenier|
|Robert (Bob) Hudson||Para-Archery||Moose Jaw, SK||Ken Chipley|
|Sabrina Gill||Gymnastics - Artistic||Mississauga, ON||Lisa Cowan|
|Sarah-Anne Brault||Triathlon||Lévis, QC||Gary Pallett|
|Tayler Wilton||Snowboardcross||Toronto, ON||Dave Balne|
|Virginie Chénier||Archery||Montreal, QC||Sylvain Cadieux|
|Yoan Gauthier||Speed Skating - Short Track||River-du-Loup, QC||Laurent Daignault|
|Zachary Burt||Judo||Ajax, ON||Dave Burt|
|Junior Women's National Basketball Team||Basketball||Ontario||Donna Branch|
|Men's Rugby Team||Rugby||British Columbia||Geraint John|
|Men's Sledge Hockey Team||Sledge Hockey||Alberta||Todd Sargeant|
|Jr-FISU Men's Water Polo Team||Water Polo||Quebec||Michel Roy|
|Jr-FISU Women's Water Polo Team||Water Polo||Quebec||Andrew Robinson|
|Wheelchair Rugby||Wheelchair Rugby||British Columbia||Kevin Orr|
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About the Canadian Olympic Committee
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) leads the achievement of the Canadian Olympic Team's podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada. Independent and predominantly privately funded, the COC delivers resources that Canada's elite athletes need to perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone of Canada's Olympic movement, the COC works with National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes' stories, we inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The CPC is responsible for creating an optimal high-performance environment for Canadian Paralympic athletes to win at Paralympic and Parapan American Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the CPC inspires all Canadians with a physical disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.