CBC Petro Canada - The Bond

Petro-Canada's FACE Program is
Building Tomorrow's Team Canada

Jason Ho-Shue
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Efendi Wijaya Badminton Markham, ON
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"The bond between us is more than just coach and student"

After his father's death, Jason looked to his badminton coach to get him back into training and to help with his problems in life - "kind of like a second father.” Also, see how Petro-Canada's FACE™ program helped to get them back to winning ways.

Annika Richardson
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Timo Puiras Cross Country Skiing Vancouver, BC
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"My coach is the most caring and supportive coach in the country"

The cross-country skier discusses moving across the country to be coached by Timo Puiras, the strong relationship between them, and how the FACE grant has enabled the pair pursue their goals.

Maya Laylor
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Clance Laylor Weightlifting North York, ON
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"Being on this journey with my dad is like a rollercoaster"

The bond between father and daughter is a special thing. But what is it like for Canadian Olympic weightlifter and national champion Maya Laylor to be coached by her dad, Clance Laylor? Find out how Petro-Canada's FACE™ grant helps the pair reach their goals.

Andrea Jerom
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Sungmin Son Taekwondo Woodbridge, ON
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The bond between us is "like a little sister and older brother"

Taekwondo coach and Petro-Canada FACE™ grant recipient Sungmin Son says he has a sibling-like relationship with Andrea Jerom. "We fight a lot, we argue a lot, we know how to push each other's buttons,” Son says. “But it make us better.”

David Mylnikov
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: John (Don) Kwasnycia Shooting Toronto, ON
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“He's a role model. He's somebody I would aspire to be”

Shooting coach, Olympian and FACE™ grant recipient Don Kwasnycia says David Mylnikov is like “a young stallion who needs to be reined in every once in awhile.”

Michelle Salt
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Mark Fawcett Para-Snowboard Calgary, AB
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“I've never had a coach believe in me like Mark has”

Para-Snowboarder, Michelle Salt says that her coach and idol, Mark Fawcett, has given her confidence she didn't even know she had.

Steven Dubois
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Marc Gagnon Short Track Speed Skating Terrebonne, QC
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“When I watch Marc Gagnon's races, I just feel inspired”

Speed skater Steven Dubois discusses his relationship with his coach, five time Olympic medalist Marc Gagnon, and how the FACE™ grant helps keep the pair competitive.

Alex Watson
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Carol Love Rowing Peterborough, ON
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“The bond between us is pretty unshakable”

Canadian rower Alex Watson talks about how inspiring his coach and Olympic legend Carol Love is to his career. Learn how the Petro-Canada's FACE™ grant has brought the pair closer together to achieve their goals.

Natasha Bodnarchuk
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Ted Bafia Ski Jumping Calgary, AB
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"I would not be the athlete I am today without my coach"

The relationship between junior Canadian ski jumper Natasha and her coach Ted Bafia is one filled with trust and respect. See how the Petro-Canada FACE™ recipients are training to achieve their Olympic goal.

Erin Yungblut
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: John Jaques Biathlon Canmore, AB
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"My coach understands that I am more than just an athlete"

Biathlete Erin Yungblut is very focused and meticulous - and that's where her coach, John Jaques, is needed. He helps shows her the overview of what is required to win. Learn how the FACE™ grant allows them to travel to competitions and learn from races.

April Simmonds
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Clayton Fredericks Equestrian Uxbridge, ON
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"I respect him enough as my coach and I trust him with my horses and my life."

The bond between FACE™ athlete April Simmonds and FACE™ coach, Clayton Fredericks is so strong that the Canadian equestrian choose to go to school in Virginia to be closer her coach and horses.

Luke Ruitenberg
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Lisa Ross Sailing Head of St Margaret's, NS
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"Lisa sometimes challenges me and that’s how we make progress"

Two different styles that mesh is how sailors Luke Ruitenberg and Lisa Ross work towards their common goal. Learn how the FACE™ grant helps Canadian youth sailing champion to train on water longer which helps the pair to be more successful.

Ethan Hess
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Jessica Heyes Para-Nordic Pemberton, BC
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My coach is a highly competitive person and is mentally tough

FACE™ coach Jessica Heyes is an athlete who knows how to tame the young para-nordic sit-skier, Ethan Hess, who she says is "like a wild animal."

Rachel Hauck
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Brad Deweese Bobsleigh Kitchener, ON
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"She’s very competitive and that’s exactly what you want to see as a coach”

Learn how the Petro-Canada FACE™ athlete made the jump from rugby to become a bobsleigh pilot. Also her her strength coach discusses how the grant has helped the pair overcome the costs associated with training in the U.S.A.

Bryden Hattie
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Thomas Mcleod Diving Victoria, BC
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Coach's dedication to the sport inspires one of Canada’s rising diving stars

CBC Sports photographer, Kevin Light, captures the special relationship between Petro-Canada FACE™ grant recipients as they prepare to represent Team B.C. for the Canada Games in July.

Caleb Jordan
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Frédérick Asselin Rugby Montréal, QC
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From the provincial team to promotion to the national team - all thanks to my coach

FACE™ grant recipient and rugby 7s fast winger, Caleb Jordan, credits his coach and FACE™ grant recipient Fred Asselin for giving him the chance to up his game with the Canadian national rugby team.

Jordan Stewart
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Jerome Cabanatan Taekwondo Brampton, ON
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My coach never tells me what I want to hear — he tells me what I need to hear

FACE™ grant recipient and Canadian national judo team member Jordan Stewart says his coach and fellow FACE™ grant recipient is like an uncle to him. Learn how the Petro-Canada FACE™ grant is helping them become better competitors.

Liam Stanley
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Bruce Deacon Para-Athletics Victoria, BC
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"There are so many great professionals committed to making me a better athlete."

The bond between Rio 2016 silver medalist and his coach, two-time Olympic marathon runner Bruce Deacon, is fuelled by hard work and respect on and off the track. See how the FACE™ grant helps the pair prepare for the world championships in London in August.

Riley McLean
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Renate Terpstra Renate Terpstra Vernon, BC
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“She is one of the happiest people I know. She finds positivity out of everything”

FACE™ grant para-swimmer, Riley McLean was born without the ability to bend his arms or his legs. But with the support and friendship of his coach Renate Terpstra, he’s become a force to reckon with in the pool.

Tristen Chernove
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Guillaume Plourde Para-Cycling Cranbrook, BC
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My coach is an extremely close friend as much as he is a coach.

The FACE™ grant athlete won a medal of every colour at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Learn how he and his is coach, Guillaume Plourde, trained hard to achieve his success and how their friendship grew along the way.

Kate Moran
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Craig Nickel Basketball Waterloo, ON
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I trust my coach one hundred per cent and consider him to be a friend

The Petro-Canada FACE™ grant helps basketball player Kate Moran to work with her coach, Craig Nickel, and focus on her dream to one day represent Canada at the Olympic Games.

Jessica Klimkait
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Kevin Doherty Judo Whitby, ON
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The 16-year-long bond between athlete and coach is as strong as ever

FACE™ grant recipient and national judo team member Jessica Klimkat credits her long-time coach, Kevin Doherty, for instilling belief and conviction as she begins her journey toward her Olympic dreams.

Rosie Zavaros
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Sean Baker Swimming Burlington, ON
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"She's just always been such a scrapper. She's incredibly tough”

Fighting through concussion symptoms has strengthened the bond between swimmer Rosie Zavaros and her coach Sean Baker. Learn how the FACE™ grant helps the pair in - and out - of the pool.

Sarah Tamura
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Joanne Mcleod Figure Skating Burnaby, BC
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"My relationship is amazing with my coach. She is like my second mother!”

The bond between coach and figure skater is very special. CBC Sports Kevin Light captured the relationship between FACE™ grant recipients during training for the skater's first senior competition.

Andy White
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Cody Low Skeleton North Vancouver, BC
photo essay

The bond between athlete and coach grows with mutual respect and inspiration

CBC Sports’ Kevin Light joined Petro-Canada’s FACE grant recipients Andy White and Cody Low to capture the special relationship between athlete and coach.

Hunter Moricz
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Zbigniew Pietrusinski Fencing North Vancouver, BC
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"Zbig is a classic coach. He can be tough and brutally honest, but also very caring”

Canadian fencers show off their skills for CBC Sports’ photographer Kevin Light. See the pair in training and learn how the FACE™ grant helps towards their competition goals.

Jason Ho-Shue
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Efendi Wijaya Badminton Markham, ON
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"The bond between us is more than just coach and student"

After his father's death, Jason looked to his badminton coach to get him back into training and to help with his problems in life - "kind of like a second father.” Also, see how Petro-Canada's FACE™ program helped to get them back to winning ways.

Annika Richardson

Annika Richardson
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Timo Puiras Cross Country Skiing Vancouver, BC
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"My coach is the most caring and supportive coach in the country"

The cross-country skier discusses moving across the country to be coached by Timo Puiras, the strong relationship between them, and how the FACE grant has enabled the pair pursue their goals.

Maya Laylor
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Clance Laylor Weightlifting North York, ON
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"Being on this journey with my dad is like a rollercoaster"

The bond between father and daughter is a special thing. But what is it like for Canadian Olympic weightlifter and national champion Maya Laylor to be coached by her dad, Clance Laylor? Find out how Petro-Canada's FACE™ grant helps the pair reach their goals.

Andrea Jerom
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Sungmin Son Taekwondo Woodbridge, ON
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The bond between us is "like a little sister and older brother"

Taekwondo coach and Petro-Canada FACE™ grant recipient Sungmin Son says he has a sibling-like relationship with Andrea Jerom. "We fight a lot, we argue a lot, we know how to push each other's buttons,” Son says. “But it make us better.”

David Mylnikov
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: John (Don) Kwasnycia Shooting Toronto, ON
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“He's a role model. He's somebody I would aspire to be”

Shooting coach, Olympian and FACE™ grant recipient Don Kwasnycia says David Mylnikov is like “a young stallion who needs to be reined in every once in awhile.”

Michelle Salt
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Mark Fawcett Para-Snowboard Calgary, AB
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“I've never had a coach believe in me like Mark has”

Para-Snowboarder, Michelle Salt says that her coach and idol, Mark Fawcett, has given her confidence she didn't even know she had.

Steven Dubois
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Marc Gagnon Short Track Speed Skating Terrebonne, QC
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“When I watch Marc Gagnon's races, I just feel inspired”

Speed skater Steven Dubois discusses his relationship with his coach, five time Olympic medalist Marc Gagnon, and how the FACE™ grant helps keep the pair competitive.

Alex Watson
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Carol Love Rowing Peterborough, ON
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“The bond between us is pretty unshakable”

Canadian rower Alex Watson talks about how inspiring his coach and Olympic legend Carol Love is to his career. Learn how the Petro-Canada's FACE™ grant has brought the pair closer together to achieve their goals.

Natasha Bodnarchuk
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Ted Bafia Ski Jumping Calgary, AB
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"I would not be the athlete I am today without my coach"

The relationship between junior Canadian ski jumper Natasha and her coach Ted Bafia is one filled with trust and respect. See how the Petro-Canada FACE™ recipients are training to achieve their Olympic goal.

Erin Yungblut
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: John Jaques Biathlon Canmore, AB
video length

"My coach understands that I am more than just an athlete"

Biathlete Erin Yungblut is very focused and meticulous - and that's where her coach, John Jaques, is needed. He helps shows her the overview of what is required to win. Learn how the FACE™ grant allows them to travel to competitions and learn from races.

April Simmonds
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Clayton Fredericks Equestrian Uxbridge, ON
essay

"I respect him enough as my coach and I trust him with my horses and my life."

The bond between FACE™ athlete April Simmonds and FACE™ coach, Clayton Fredericks is so strong that the Canadian equestrian choose to go to school in Virginia to be closer her coach and horses.

Luke Ruitenberg
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Lisa Ross Sailing Head of St Margaret's, NS
video length

"Lisa sometimes challenges me and that’s how we make progress"

Two different styles that mesh is how sailors Luke Ruitenberg and Lisa Ross work towards their common goal. Learn how the FACE™ grant helps Canadian youth sailing champion to train on water longer which helps the pair to be more successful.

Ethan Hess
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Jessica Heyes Para-Nordic Pemberton, BC
essay

My coach is a highly competitive person and is mentally tough

FACE™ coach Jessica Heyes is an athlete who knows how to tame the young para-nordic sit-skier, Ethan Hess, who she says is "like a wild animal."

Rachel Hauck
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Brad Deweese Bobsleigh Kitchener, ON
essay

"She’s very competitive and that’s exactly what you want to see as a coach”

Learn how the Petro-Canada FACE™ athlete made the jump from rugby to become a bobsleigh pilot. Also her her strength coach discusses how the grant has helped the pair overcome the costs associated with training in the U.S.A.

Bryden Hattie
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Thomas Mcleod Diving Victoria, BC
photo essay

Coach's dedication to the sport inspires one of Canada’s rising diving stars

CBC Sports photographer, Kevin Light, captures the special relationship between Petro-Canada FACE™ grant recipients as they prepare to represent Team B.C. for the Canada Games in July.

Caleb Jordan
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Frédérick Asselin Rugby Montréal, QC
essay

From the provincial team to promotion to the national team - all thanks to my coach

FACE™ grant recipient and rugby 7s fast winger, Caleb Jordan, credits his coach and FACE™ grant recipient Fred Asselin for giving him the chance to up his game with the Canadian national rugby team.

Jordan Stewart
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Jerome Cabanatan Taekwondo Brampton, ON
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My coach never tells me what I want to hear — he tells me what I need to hear

FACE™ grant recipient and Canadian national judo team member Jordan Stewart says his coach and fellow FACE™ grant recipient is like an uncle to him. Learn how the Petro-Canada FACE™ grant is helping them become better competitors.

Liam Stanley
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Bruce Deacon Para-Athletics Victoria, BC
photo essay

"There are so many great professionals committed to making me a better athlete."

The bond between Rio 2016 silver medalist and his coach, two-time Olympic marathon runner Bruce Deacon, is fuelled by hard work and respect on and off the track. See how the FACE™ grant helps the pair prepare for the world championships in London in August.

Riley McLean
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Renate Terpstra Renate Terpstra Vernon, BC
video length

“She is one of the happiest people I know. She finds positivity out of everything”

FACE™ grant para-swimmer, Riley McLean was born without the ability to bend his arms or his legs. But with the support and friendship of his coach Renate Terpstra, he’s become a force to reckon with in the pool.

Tristen Chernove
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Guillaume Plourde Para-Cycling Cranbrook, BC
essay

My coach is an extremely close friend as much as he is a coach.

The FACE™ grant athlete won a medal of every colour at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Learn how he and his is coach, Guillaume Plourde, trained hard to achieve his success and how their friendship grew along the way.

Kate Moran
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Craig Nickel Basketball Waterloo, ON
essay

I trust my coach one hundred per cent and consider him to be a friend

The Petro-Canada FACE™ grant helps basketball player Kate Moran to work with her coach, Craig Nickel, and focus on her dream to one day represent Canada at the Olympic Games.

Jessica Klimkait
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Kevin Doherty Judo Whitby, ON
essay

The 16-year-long bond between athlete and coach is as strong as ever

FACE™ grant recipient and national judo team member Jessica Klimkat credits her long-time coach, Kevin Doherty, for instilling belief and conviction as she begins her journey toward her Olympic dreams.

Rosie Zavaros
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Sean Baker Swimming Burlington, ON
essay

"She's just always been such a scrapper. She's incredibly tough”

Fighting through concussion symptoms has strengthened the bond between swimmer Rosie Zavaros and her coach Sean Baker. Learn how the FACE™ grant helps the pair in - and out - of the pool.

Sarah Tamura
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Joanne Mcleod Figure Skating Burnaby, BC
photo essay

"My relationship is amazing with my coach. She is like my second mother!”

The bond between coach and figure skater is very special. CBC Sports Kevin Light captured the relationship between FACE™ grant recipients during training for the skater's first senior competition.

Andy White
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Cody Low Skeleton North Vancouver, BC
photo essay

The bond between athlete and coach grows with mutual respect and inspiration

CBC Sports’ Kevin Light joined Petro-Canada’s FACE grant recipients Andy White and Cody Low to capture the special relationship between athlete and coach.

Hunter Moricz
2016 FACE Grant Recipient

Coach: Zbigniew Pietrusinski Fencing North Vancouver, BC
essay

"Zbig is a classic coach. He can be tough and brutally honest, but also very caring”

Canadian fencers show off their skills for CBC Sports’ photographer Kevin Light. See the pair in training and learn how the FACE™ grant helps towards their competition goals.

Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program
Building Tomorrow's Team Canada

Petro-Canada's 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.

Every year, Petro-Canada selects fifty-five 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.

Since 1988, Petro-Canada has supported over 2900 Canadian athletes and their coaches by providing more than $10,000,000 in financial support.

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