2013 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence program funds Canadian athletes
Suncor Energy announced the 2013 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence recipients on Thursday.
Working together with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and their National Sport partners, the Petro-Canada program provides $8,000 in grants to 50 athlete and coach pairings.
One of Canada’s best women’s triathletes, Sarah-Anne Brault, was a recipient of the 2013 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence program.
“Receiving this kind of funding is very helpful at this stage in my career,” said 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.”
The 2013 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) recipients represent a balance of summer, winter and team sports with selected athletes coming from six provinces across Canada.
“We would like to congratulate each of the 2013 FACE recipients,” said Steven Keith, director of loyalty and marketing partnerships for Suncor.
“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.”
The FACE program has provided more than 2,400 Canadian athletes and coaches with over $8 million in direct financial support.
The resources help athletes achieve national carded status, while coaches who receive grants often use the funding to build their skills or purchase equipment.
“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 Gaetan 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.”
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.
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