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Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, today announced the 2016 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) Program grant recipients. The FACE athletes from across Canada represent 39 different summer and winter sports in both individual and team events. Every year, Petro-Canada selects fifty-two promising athletes from across Canada. These athletes and their coaches are awarded a $10,000 FACE grant to help them along their journey, with $5,000 going directly to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach. FACE grants are often used for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses for competitions.

"We're honoured to support the dedication and hard work that Canadian athletes and coaches put into their sport while they work to become tomorrow's Team Canada," said Deborah Gullaher, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Suncor. "Congratulations to the Class of 2016, you are an inspiration to all Canadians."

Developed by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and facilitated by their National Sport partners, the FACE Program supports up-and-coming athletes when they need it most: when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don't yet qualify for government funding. Since 1988, Petro-Canada has supported more than 2,700 Canadian athletes and their coaches by providing more than $10,000,000 in financial support.

"Thank you to Petro-Canada for their continued support of our country's athletes and coaches. The funds they provide go a long way in helping offset the many expenses that come with being an up-and-coming athlete" said Chris Overholt, CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee. "With Petro-Canada's help and generosity, Canada's athletes will continue on their sporting journeys, fuelled to be the best they can be."

"The FACE program continues to be an extremely valuable and much appreciated investment in athletes at the initial stage of their high performance sport careers," said Gaétan Tardif, President, Canadian Paralympic Committee. "These grants provide valuable funding for athletes to pursue their dreams of one day representing Canada on the world stage, and will no doubt help create outstanding role models for all Canadians. Our thanks to Petro-Canada for this incredible program in support of the Team Canada of tomorrow."

FACE Summit 2016

In addition to providing financial support, FACE athletes and coaches are invited to an annual summit, co-hosted by Petro-Canada and CBC/Radio-Canada. During the FACE Summit, this year's athletes and coaches will learn from Olympians and Paralympians, as well as subject matter experts in the areas of media training, public speaking, and personal-brand development. The FACE Summit will be held in early November.

"As a past FACE athlete, it's amazing to see that other athletes will continue to receive Petro-Canada's generous support now that they have renewed their partnership with the COC. They help make Canadian athletes' dreams come true and for that, we will always be grateful."

Hayley Wickenheiser, six-time Olympian, five-time Olympic medallist

The 2016 FACE grant recipients are:

Athlete Coach Sport discipline
Alex Watson Carol Love Rowing
Alexander Smith Robert Ratcliffe Golf
Alexis Dumas Francois Pepin Cross-Country Skiing
Alexis Reiher Robert Couillard Water Polo
Alyson Charles Marc-André Monette Short Track Speed Skating
Andrea Jerom Sungmin Son Taekwondo
Andy White Cody Low Skeleton
Annika Richardson Timo Puiras Cross-Country Skiing
Anthony Létourneau Sebastien Cloutier Wheelchair Rugby
Antoine Lehoux Maxime Gagnon Sledge Hockey
April Simmonds Clayton Fredericks Equestrian
Bianca Paquin Wayne Gordon Boxing
Brandon Pereira Inderpal Sehmbi Field Hockey
Brenden Kelly Guillaume Turgeon Freestyle Skiing
Bryden Hattie Thomas McLeod Diving
Caleb Jordan Frédérick Asselin Rugby
Carolyn Maxwell Matt McMurray Luge
Christine Robbins Michel Elibani Para-triathlon
David Mylnikov John (Don) Kwasnycia Shooting
Django Lovette Ziggy Szelagowicz Athletics
Erin Yungblut John Jaques Biathlon
Ethan Hess Jessica Heyes Para-nordic
Hunter Moricz Zbigniew Pietrusinski Fencing
Jason Ho-Shue Efendi Wijaya Badminton
Jessica Klimkait Kevin Doherty Judo
Jordan Stewart Jerome Cabanatan Taekwondo
Josée Lamothe César Nicolai Boccia
Joseph Phan Yvan Desjardins Figure Skating
Julie Gordon Dana Cooke Beach Volleyball
Kate Moran Craig Nickel Basketball
Katie Anderson Marcel Mathieu Snowboard
Kevin Gauthier Charles Roy Judo
Liam Stanley Bruce Deacon Para-athletics
Luke Ruitenburg Lisa Ross Sailing
Mark Hendrickson Jeremy Cooper Freestyle Skiing
Mark Spooner Nikola Maric Water Polo
Maya Laylor Clance Laylor Weightlifting
Melissa Pemble Lasse Ericsson Para-alpine
Michelle Salt Mark Fawcett Para-snowboard
Natasha Bodnarchuk Ted Bafia Ski Jumping
Rachel Hauck Brad Deweese Bobsleigh
Riley McLean Renate Terpstra Para-swimming
Rogan Reid Gregor Linsig Ski Jumping
Rosie Zavaros Sean Baker Swimming
Ryan Malone Guillaume Turgeon Freestyle Skiing
Samantha Alli Jen Boyd Rugby
Sarah Jodoin di Maria Devon Butters Diving
Sarah Tamura Joanne Mcleod Figure Skating
Steven Dubois Marc Gagnon Short Track Speed Skating
Tali Darsigny Yvan Darsigny Weightlifting
Thomas Riva Brent Fougner Athletics
Tristen Chernove Guillaume Plourde Para-cycling

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Suncor Energy

Suncor Energy is Canada's leading integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, onshore 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.

Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, operates almost 1,500 retail stations and 280 Petro-Pass wholesale locations nationwide. Petro-Canada's retail loyalty program, Petro-Points™, provides Canadians with the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees, supporting Canadian athletes, coaches and their families for more than 25 years. For more information, visit

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.

Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 27 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit

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