• Coach: Joanne Mcleod
  • Sport: Figure Skating
  • Hometown: Burnaby, BC
“My relationship is amazing with my coach. We have each other's backs and we love each other. She is like my second mother!”

Petro-Canada FACE™ grant recipient and figure skater Sarah Tamura from Burnaby, B.C. made the leap to senior competitive skating earlier this year. The former Canadian champion recently competed in her first senior event placing 11th at ISU CS Autumn Classic International 2017 in Montreal.

Tamura is coached by fellow FACE™ grant recipient Joanne McLeod at the Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. where CBC Sports’ Kevin Light spent time capturing the pair during training.

Tamura credits McLeod for her success in skating. “She believes in me and my skating career and that’s all that matters.”

“With the help of the (Petro-Canada) FACE grant, I am able to do more off ice training, such as ballet and going to the weight room more.”

All photos by Kevin Light for CBC Sports.