Supporting aspiring Olympic and
Paralympic athletes and their coaches.
Petro-Canada's Fueling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program Supporting aspiring athletes and coaches.
2018 FACE™ grant recipients Jamie Wallace and Inderpal Sehmbi. Wallace will be in Tokyo with the Canadian men’s field hockey team for the 2020 Olympics.
Rhythmic Gymnastics coach and 2017 FACE™ grant recipient Iana Nadtotchii.
2017 FACE™ grant recipient and shooter Elizabeth Longley.
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.
Living by the leaf means supporting those who wear it, that’s why every year, Petro-Canada awards 55 athletes and their coaches with a $10,000 FACE grant. They often use these funds for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses so they can continue to strive towards their goal.
FACE™ grant recipient and 2016 Paralympian Nik Goncin will be heading to Tokyo with the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team.
Since 1988, Petro-Canada has supported over 3,000 Canadian athletes and their coaches by providing more than $12,000,000 in financial support.
To learn more about how Petro-Canada lives by the leaf, visit livebytheleaf.ca.
Abbey Van Duzer
Jeremie La Grenade
Kiara (Kiki) Alexander
"I like working with Justin because he is a very professional coach and knows what it takes to be the very best."
"Guntis always makes sure that we are doing our best in everything, whether it training on the track, in the gym or just hanging out."
"My coaches passion for the sport is contagious and it's so fun to work with someone that likes coaching as much as he does."
" My coach values the teams and athletes performing on the world stage over his own ambition or ego. "
"He is one of the hardest working coaches I know, always putting the athlete first."
"Trevor Hirschfield has been an awesome coach and teammate to me ever since we first started working together at B.C. provincial tryouts."
"Jag is a superb coach who always seems to know when to push on and when to take a break."
"Our relationship is purely one of respect and trust."
"Working with Richard has had many benefits throughout my development, between shared interests and similar approaches to the sport."
"My coach is super positive and believes in our team even at times where we don't believe in ourselves."
"Mark is a coach that motivates me to be a winner every time I show up to the rink."
"I think the best part about my coach is the way he balances training with fun. We always have a blast."
"My coach pushes me to get to the next level by always inspiring me to seek higher goals and continuously challenge myself."
"I enjoy working with my coach because she keeps me focused on the process of training and racing, and also makes some really good tacos!"
"Renate is a very energetic, animated, and caring coach. She's the energizer bunny, seeming to always have an endless supply of energy."
"My coach is always very positive and supportive but also knows when to give me a nudge to push a little harder or to refocus."
"I would say the most special thing about my coach is that he genuinely cares about my well being on and off the mats."
"My coach cares and wants the best for his athletes mental and physical health."
"My coach has a ton of knowledge, is open-minded, and conscious to all the different schools of thought when it comes to training."
"Her passion for developing athletes is unrivaled. She advocates fiercely for her athletes and inspires athletes to work hard."
"Andy is an amazing coach and he has helped me get to where I am as an athlete today."
"David truly cares about each and every athlete to be successful."
"My coaches passion for the sport is contagious and his knowledge is extensive."
"My coach lifts everybody's mood at the track and always encourages us during hard workouts."
"Remi does everything he possibly can for his athletes, he really wants the best for us and we can see it every single day."
"What I enjoy most about my coach is the fact that she always goes above and beyond in order to help me with whatever I need."
"Simon is a wonderful coach as he pushes me hard but is always there to support me when I am on court or off court."
"My coach has gone above and beyond to acquire training equipment and facilities even when it is limited."
"We work on things together and most of all my coach acknowledges the hurdles and biases that we both have to face in our sport."
"My coach knows exactly what motivates me and what works for my training...so that's how he's going to get me to the next level."
"I enjoy working with my coach because he's constantly expanding my view of what I believe is possible for myself. "
" I feel like we we work together really well and we both understand what we want to accomplish as a team."
"My coach is fiercely competitive and always pushing competition."
"I cannot imagine my badminton journey without my coach and I look forward to us achieving our goals of going to the Olympics together."
"My coach knows what I'm capable of doing out there on the track. And he puts that belief in me, to know that I can accomplish it."
"What sets Lisa apart from other coaches is her extensive knowledge and way of explaining things that make sense."
"My coach is extremely passionate about coaching and helping his players improve to achieve higher levels of success."
"I know he always has the best intentions for my performance and well being when he is coaching me."
"Ted is a very competitive minded individual who is never afraid to speak his mind."
"My coach has competed at the highest level himself so I have found he has a lot to offer when it comes to how to approach the mental side."
"I love working with him because unlike a lot of other coaches, he makes a lose feel like a win by helping us learn from our mistakes."
"I enjoy training with my coach because he not only teaches me about badminton but also about how to become a better person in life."
"My coach has a fantastic attitude towards skiing and athlete improvement and always puts athletes first."
"Sheldan pushes me to get to the next level by not pushing me."
"My goal is to make it to the 2020 Youth Olympic Games."
"Since I have been working with him I have achieved more than I could have ever expected."
"He has pushed me to become a better and stronger athlete both mentally and physically. "
"He is, I think, the best coach I can have."
"He always looks for the best for his athletes and always wants to progress as a coach."
"When ever I feel discouraged or am doubting myself she always brings the positive aspect back into my mind which helps change my mindset."
"He always believes I can do more and that makes me believe in myself even when it seems impossible."
"Marc truly wants to see his athletes work toward success and the relationship I have with my coach embodies this daily."
"I think that we are pretty close on and off the court, always talking about basketball to try and improve my game."
"He is a coach with a lot of experience, he teaches me a lot of technique to perfect my game."
"There are a lot of variables in the development of a successful training plan, so having trust, respect, and clear communication is key."
"He has gave me some opportunities I would have never gotten without him."
"A big reason for my success is that Nik never settles for anything less than what he expects, which pushes me to practice and play harder."
"I can always count on her to give me support, confidence and to continually push me to be better."
"He has been alongside me now for many years and I have grown into the athlete I am today with his guidance."
"I enjoy working with him, because whenever I am lacking confidence, he is able to make me feel better, since he is confident in me."
"He pushes me to the next level because he constantly reminds me of my goals & ambitions and never lets me waver from them."
"I'm very lucky to have Brendan as my coach. He is very supportive, motivating, and will go above and beyond for his athlete's."
"I believe that coach Brown and I have something special because we have worked from the ground up together. We learned simultaneously."
"He has the ability to build confidence and make me see things that are not as big as they really are."
"Patti's specialty is her brain that never stops. She, probably like many other coaches, only has to look at you to help you improve."
"I wouldn't have been brave enough to show up to my first race if I didn't have so much faith in Carolyn."
"I have been able to buy into his philosophy and training plans which have led me to success."
"Scott and I have played together at the international level so he knows exactly what my strengths and weaknesses are."
"Something that I draw on without her probably even knowing about is her constant motivation."
"He is particularly good at using an athletes strengths to give them an advantage, while also working on improving their weaknesses."
"Larry's experience working with the best of the best is very special."
"[My coach] genuinely does not give up and is one of the hardest working people I've ever come across."
"World Class support and the best daily training environment that Canada can offer. Mike is a pretty laid back and patient coach."`
"[My coach] is very encouraging and understanding, he has helped me a lot in my progress."
"Eric Kramer is so knowledgeable about swimming in general. So inclusive and supportive of para swimming."
"He has continued to help me build upon my previous skills learned and helps me recognize and work on improvements."
"I like working with him, because he can force you and push you to continue."
"[My coach] is very good at reading his athletes, and always has their best interests in mind."
"Richard Wooles is one of the greatest wealths of knowledge I have met."`
"Greg is great at making you state why your run was good or bad, what you can improve on, and where you think your strengths are."
"I think what makes Rex so special is the fact that he cares so much about skiing, and he knows literally everything about the sport."
"My coach has the unique ability to create routines that are packed with difficulty but still manage to incorporate a lot of expression."
"He always says what is on his mind and he is truly brilliant when it comes to ski jumping."
"To me, [my coach] is like a second father figure and is always there with extra advice, support, and security when I need it."
"Eric is also a very wise man I never question what he is thinking as I have 100% faith that he knows what he is talking about."
"No matter the work out, or the session he is always encouraging you to do better or reminding you of your goals."
"I enjoy training with [my coach] because I believe he can give me the guidance to achieve more in my life."
"Alex is the most dedicated coach I've had."
"I enjoy working with him because he's technical, patient, and has a sense of humour."
"My dream is to win gold at the Olympic Games and be able to go with a team of Canadian archers and participate in the team event."
"My dream is to make it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."
"My dream is to be great, as a person and in sports."
"My dream is to make Team Canada next year and to win at the Paralympic Games and world championships during my career."
"My coach is special because he coaches from his heart."
"My dream is to compete in a final at the Olympic Games with my family watching."
"My dream is to stand on the podium at the Olympic Games with the medal around my neck."
"My dream is to participate in the Paralympic Games in 2020."
"My dream would be to go to the Olympic Games, skate in every distance and win a medal for Canada."
"My dream is to win a Paralympic medal."
"My dream is to be a professional snowboarder."
"My dream is to win the men's sabre event at the Olympic Games."
"My dream is to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in both 2022 and 2026, while also having more in my life than just sports."
"My dream is to represent Canada at the Olympic Games and to help my sport gain exposure in Canada."
"My ultimate goal is to go to the Olympic Games. And I want to be able to raise the profile of this great sport in Canada."
"What's my dream? Well so far, skiing on the national team has been a dream."
"Yvan is a nice and friendly coach; he is also my best friend! Between me and him we have no distance. Being with Yvan I am alw
"My dream is to be a physician and a Paralympian."
"My dream is to be an Olympian."
"My dream is to make it to the Olympic Games and win a medal for Canada."
"My dream is to compete in the Olympic Games and potentially stand on the podium with the Canadian flag."
"My dream is to one day represent Canada at the Winter Olympic Games."
"My dream is to one day play for the national team and to eventually play professional volleyball."
"My ultimate dream is to one day represent Canada at the Olympic Games."
"My dream is to make the podium at the Olympic Games."
"My dream is to be able to inspire kids to want to become ski racers."
"I have always had the long term goal of becoming an Olympian."
"My dream is to participate in the Olympic Games and to turn pro."
"My dream is to compete in the Paralympic Games."
"My dream is to compete at the Olympic Games and to inspire young gymnasts to follow their dreams like I did."
"My dream is to play Golf on the PGA Tour."
"My dream is to work hard and make it to the highest level of play possible and inspire other young people to play sports."
"My dream is to make it to the Paralympic Games and make my friends and family proud."
"My dream is to win the Masters and to win an Olympic gold medal and to be the best golfer in the world."
"My dream is to leave behind a legacy and be a good role model for future generations."
"He has always been a positive influence and he doesn't put you down or make you discouraged."
"We have a professional relationship and he's focused on improvement."
"My coach is special because he coaches from his heart."
"I would say we have a really good relationship (with my coach). I don't second guess myself when he's around."
"[My coach] is special because they taught us a lot of technical and individual skills that we needed to take us to the next level."
"Great coaches help make great athletes. Carolyn brings a lot to our team and makes us better. "
"She really creates a environment in which I can be my own motivator; that I am able to improve because I want to."
"He is very positive towards my success and is always there for me, during the good and the bad, through ups and downs."
"Vasco is a very passionate coach. He is super driven to make the athletes that he is coaching better."
"My coach is intense and is always demanding more. Good is never good enough and she continues to push you day in and day out."
"[My coach] has been and will continue to be the driving force behind my success as an athlete."
"Almost like competitors, he’s there to correct me and guide me but he’ll from time to time jump in and do a couple sprints to push me."
"Not only is he trying to make me a better athlete but he is always trying to educate himself to become a better coach."
"I like working with her because she is very positive and always happy to be there."
"Keeps me calm in the corner and he s always ready to travel with me for getting experience."
"My coach took the time to get to know me and find ways to both correct my stroke and make me faster."
"Without my relationship with Jenn as my coach and mentor I don't think I would be where I am today in my sport or in my life."
"In times of struggle, I can go see him and talk about my problems. He always finds a way of bringing me back on the right track."
"[My coach] understands that everybody has the opportunity to reach their full potential and finds out ways to help get them there."
"Very passionate, supportive person. Always looking to optimize players potential. "
"I know Eric believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself."
"Peter wants the best for me, he pushes me because he knows what I am capable of, he has expectations and expects them to be achieved."
"My relationship with my coach is friendly, co-operative, and full of respect."
"This relationship has been pivotal to my career, and I have learned a lot and gained tons of experience from my coach."
"I completely trust Muncef, I know he always has my back and is ready to fight for me and the things I deserve."
"Robert Ratcliffe has a sincere interest in his players and a desire to see us succeed."
"Francois Pepin and I go back such a long way now, so there's been time for a really strong bond to develop. He knows me as well
"Robert Couillard is a great listener and is always ready to help me with any problem, whether it's in or out of the water."
"I think my coach and I communicate and cooperate really well. He's helped me so much and I think that, as a group, we've helped
"Sebastien and I have a really good relationship; I can trust him and talk to him about anything."
"I have a good relationship with my coach, I trust his judgement in the corner and he has helped me to make adjustments to becom
"My relationship with Indy has been very important because I can always talk to him, on and off the field."
"The coach-athlete relationship has been very instrumental in my success on the track. If we didn't have a good relationship, I'
"Michel Elibani's belief in me is what helped me get to the Natiaonal Paratirathlon team that went to Rio"
"It is plain and simple, if not for my coach Ziggy, I would never have started competitive track and field. The level of success
My coach understands my situation as an athlete with my disabilty and he's really attentive and interested in my progress.
"Yvan is a nice and friendly coach; he is also my best friend! Between me and him we have no distance. Being with Yvan I am alw
"This relationship has been incredible for my development as an athlete. Dana has taught me that every single thing I do when p
"Having a good relationship with my coaches has been incredibly important to get me to where I am, and having coaches that beli
"Because of my relationship with my coach, I have more confidence and I know I'm not alone in dealing with the various challenge
"As of now it's new, but I can totally see our coach-athlete relationship build over the next few months which will benefit the
"Though he hasn't been my coach for very long, I've already seen huge changes in my skiing and I think that is partially down t
"I am relatively new to Gregor's team but I have worked with him plenty before. We communicate well and work decently well toget
"I would say me and my coach are on good grounds as we can relate to one another and can understand each other pretty well."
"Having her believe so wholeheartedly in my success has made all the difference in my confidence and, because of that, my growt
"Having a good relationship with your coach is really important because if you don't then it's a lot harder to go train every da
"He's my dad and he's been coaching me for so many years. We have a great rapport during competitions. We get into some stubborn