Petro-Canada Fuels Alberta Athletes' Olympic Dreams
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2008) - Many Canadian athletes and coaches are one step closer to realizing their Olympic and Paralympic dreams, with the announcement of this year's recipients of the Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE)(TM) program.
Petro-Canada's FACE program provides funding grants to 50 developing athletes and matching grants to their coaches, which can be used for everything from training to equipment. This year's list of recipients includes 13 athletes from Alberta, which has the second highest number of FACE program athletes provincially.
"My goal is to one day represent Canada in ski jumping on the international stage, but because I haven't made it to the Olympic Games yet, it can be hard to get funding," says Stefan Read, a FACE program recipient from Calgary, Alberta. "It's amazing to have programs like the FACE program that support the development of my athletic career."
The FACE program provides athletes and their coaches with the resources necessary to help close the funding gap and help talented athletes achieve national carded status. This program also helps improve coaching skills over the long-term. Working with National Sporting Organizations across Canada, Petro-Canada's FACE program provides $8,000 in funding grants for the 50 selected athlete-coach pairings. All Olympic and Paralympic sports are eligible for FACE program funding, and follow the Sport Canada review process to qualify.
"An impressive 36 per cent of last year's FACE program athletes went on to be carded," says Steven Keith, Director, Olympic and Community Partnerships, Petro-Canada. "Petro-Canada is proud to stand behind that number - it shows our commitment to Canada's up and coming athletes. Ultimately, we're helping Canadian athletes who are on the road to the Olympic or Paralympic Games actually realize their dreams."
Since the creation of the Olympic Torch Sponsorship Fund in 1988, Petro-Canada has supported Canadian athletic excellence, helping over 2000 athletes and coaches. As a National Partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Petro-Canada has pledged $13 million in athletic funding. In addition to their commitment to the FACE program, Petro-Canada's Fuelling the Dream(TM) Fund contributes resources in support of Own the Podium, an initiative to help Canada become the number one medal winner at the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and to place in the top three nations at the 2010 Paralympic Games.
This year's FACE program recipients from Alberta include: Stefan Read, Ski Jumping, Calgary Jazmyne Barke, Wrestling, Calgary Gregory Baxter, Ski Jumping, Calgary Brittany Gregor, Curling, Calgary Keith Loach, Bobsleigh, Calgary Brayden McDougall, Para Cycling, Calgary Ross McDonald, Para Soccer-7, Burnaby Alister McQueen, Para Athletics, Calgary Mike Robertson, Snowboard, Canmore Shannon Sibold, Speed Skating - Long, Calgary Nathan Smith, Biathlon, Canmore Robert Staniforth, Skeleton, Calgary Charley Thomas, Curling, Airdrie
For more on the FACE program and a complete list of this year's recipients, please visit iwilldreambig.ca.
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Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy resources and providing world class petroleum products and services. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Petro-Canada's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Stefan Read, please contact the number below.
For more information please contact:Edelman
(416) 979-1120 Ext. 240