Suncor increases funding for 2014 'Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence' program
$500,000 program benefits 50 athlete and coach pairings
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 9, 2014) - Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, today announced the 2014 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) recipients along with a major increase in funding for the program. The 2014 FACE recipients from across Canada represent both summer and winter sports, and athletes competing in individual or team events.
This year, Suncor, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) increased the funding amount for each athlete and coach pairing from $8,000 to $10,000. In total, this increases Suncor's annual financial commitment to the program from $400,000 to $500,000.
"The FACE program is the cornerstone of our Olympic and Paralympic legacy and we are excited to increase the funding for both coaches and athletes, fuelling their dreams to compete on the international stage," said Louis Côté, director, loyalty and strategic partnerships, Suncor. "The drive and discipline of the athletes and coaches chosen is astounding. Congratulations on becoming this year's FACE recipients."
The COC, CPC, and their National Sport partners work together each year to run the FACE program, which provides developing, pre-carded Canadian athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their dreams. Coaches are selected along with the athletes they directly coach, which highlights Petro-Canada's long-term support and recognition of the value of coaches to the development and performance of athletes. These coaches incur their own costs on the road to developing the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic stars of tomorrow.
"It's wonderful to see renewed and strengthened support from Petro-Canada, who has supported Canadian athletes for more than 25 years," said Marcel Aubut, COC president. "We look forward to cheering on the athletes as they continue to gear up for success on the world stage."
"On behalf of our athletes and coaches, we would like to thank Petro-Canada for helping build a strong parasport system in Canada and investing in tomorrow's champions," added Gaétan Tardif, president, CPC. "These grants will provide vital funding for athletes looking to compete against world-class competition."
Beginning with the Petro-Canada Torch Scholarship Fund in 1988 and continuing through its re-launch as the FACE Program in 2007, the program has provided more than 2,600 Canadian athletes and coaches with almost $9 million in direct financial support. These resources help athletes achieve national carded status and coaches improve their skills.
This year's group of recipients includes five previous recipients (Donna Vakalis, Jazmyne Denhollander, Julia Ransom, Virginie Chénier, Zachary Burt), along with Dylan French, the Canadian flagbearer at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
The 2014 FACE program recipients are:
|Alex Cairns||Para-Alpine Skiing||Richmond, BC||Nick Brush|
|Alex Tougas||BMX||Pitt Meadows, BC||Ken Cools|
|Alexander Elliot||Para-Swimming||Kitchener, ON|
|Alexandre Corriveau||Diving||Quebec City, QC||Stephane Lapointe|
|Audrey Vaillancourt||Biathlon||Quebec City, QC||Martin Tremblay|
|Britt Mayer||Wheelchair Rugby||Prince Albert, SK||Kevin Kirkup|
|Carle Brenneman||Snowboardcross||Richmond, BC||Marcel Mathieu|
|Catrine Lavallée||Aerials||Montreal, QC||Caroline Franc|
|Catherine Dubois||Ice Hockey||Charlesbourg, QC||Pascal Dufresne|
|Daniel Dubreuil||Long Track Speed Skating||Lévis, QC||Gregor Jelonek|
|Donna Vakalis||Modern Pentathlon||Toronto,ON||John Hawes|
|Dusan Boskovic||Water Polo||Ottawa, ON||Michel Roy|
|Dylan French||Fencing||Richmond, BC||Victor Gantsevich|
|Erin Rafuse||Sailing||Toronto, ON||Mark Asquith|
|Evan Neufeldt||Skeleton||Saskatoon, SK|
|Faith Zacharias||Diving||London, ON||Lioudmila Zakharenko|
|Filip Ilijevski||Table Tennis||Toronto, ON||Max Surprenant|
|Gamal Assaad||Swimming||London, ON||Paul Midgley|
|Halle Pratt||Synchronized Swimming||Edmonton, AB||Jennifer Tregale|
|Jack Kosterman||Wheelchair Basketball||New Westminister, BC||Marni Abbott-Peter|
|Jazmyne Denhollander||Slalom Canoe||Chilliwack, BC||Michal Staniszewski|
|Jenny Zhao||Fencing||Etobicoke, ON||Paul ApSimon|
|Jérémy Briand||Triathlon||Montreal, QC||Luc Morin|
|Jessica Furlan||Athletics||Winnipeg, MB||Wynn Gmitroski|
|Julia Ransom||Biathlon||Penticton, BC||Richard Boruta|
|Kayla Mack||Rugby||Saskatoon, SK||Francois Ratier|
|Keven Saint Jean||Taekwondo||Montreal, QC||Alexandre Villeneuve|
|Kevin Macdonald||Ski Cross||Mississauga, ON||Stanley Hayer|
|Kyle Reyes||Judo||Brampton, ON||Hiroshi Nakamura|
|Laura Bietola||Mountain Biking||Greenwood, ON||Dan Proulx|
|Liam Hickey||Wheelchair Basketball||St. John's, NL||Todd Hickey|
|Lucas Rumball||Rugby||Scarborough, ON||Chris Silverthorn|
|Marissa Papaconstantinou||Para-Athletics||Markham, ON||Bill Stephens|
|Martin Duif||Wheelchair Rugby||Dorchester, ON||Garett Hickling|
|Mathea Stevens||Modern Pentathlon||Rockland, ON||John Hawes|
|Megan Lane||Equestrian||Collingwood, ON||Volker Moritz|
|Mirela Rahneva||Skeleton||Ottawa, ON|
|Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt||Cross Country Skiing||Morin-Heights, QC||John Jaques|
|Rachel Honderich||Badminton||Toronto, ON||Jennifer Lee|
|Rachel Klassen||Luge||Saskatoon, SK||Guntis Rekis|
|Roman Sadovsky||Figure Skating||Toronto, ON||Tracey Wainman|
|Rowan (RJ) Barrett Jr.||Basketball||Mississauga, ON||Mark Wharton|
|Ryan Van Praet||Paratriathlon||London, ON||Carolyn Murray|
|Sebastien Beaulieu||Alpine Snowboard||Quebec City, QC||Patrik Haudet|
|Sebastien St-Germain||Trampoline||Montreal, QC||Karina Kosko|
|Sebastien Gagnon||Short Track Speed Skating||Laval, QC||Laurent Daignault|
|Tony Gil||Golf||Vaughan, ON||Robert Ratcliffe|
|Val Sweeting||Curling||Redvers, SK||Renee Sonnenberg|
|Virginie Chénier||Archery||Montreal, QC||Sylvain Cadieux|
|Zachary Burt||Judo||Ajax, ON||Dave Burt|
For more information on the FACE program, visit facebook.com/dreambig.
Suncor Energy is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. A member of Dow Jones Sustainability indexes, FTSE4Good and CDP, Suncor is working to responsibly develop petroleum resources while also growing a renewable energy portfolio. Suncor is listed on the UN Global Compact 100 stock index and the Corporate Knights' Global 100. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
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