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Petro Canada F.A.C.E. Program Class of 2018

Mina
Coulombe
Judo  |  Montréal, QC

"The key to my relationship with my coach is communication."

- Mina Coulombe

Kelsey
Rocque
Curling  | 

“If you ever wanted someone to have your back Lesley is definitely the person to do it.”

- Kelsey Rocque

Mathea
Dempfle-Olin
Surfing  |  Tofino, BC

"He is willing to put everything into coaching me, but I have to want it and give it my all."

- Mathea Dempfle-Olin

Sarah
Gillies
Para alpine skiing  |  Mono, ON

"He has shown real interest in my training and racing, we have discussed my goals for the future and he wants to help me reach my potential"

- Sarah Gillies

Branden
Sison
Sledge Hockey  |  Edmonton, AB

“What I viewed as harsh was just him wanting the best for me and that's what propelled me to the next level.”

- Branden Sison

Carson
Olafson
Swimming  |  Chilliwack, BC

“He taught me that it's never over until it's over.”

- Carson Olafson

Blaire
McDowell
Water Polo  |  Regina, SK

"I'd like to thank my coach for giving me the opportunity to reach my potential. He's brought a lot out of me and he's always supported me."

- Blaire McDowell

Nicole
Oudenaarden
Athletics  |  St. Albert, AB

"I honestly don’t think I can thank my coach enough for what he’s done over the years."

- Nicole Oudenaarden

Arnaud
Gaudet
Snowboard  |  Montcalm, QC

"Having my dad as a coach is pretty great."

- Arnaud Gaudet

Alannah
Yip
Sport Climbing  |  North Vancouver, BC

"(My coach) is the type of coach that doesn’t directly push you, but rather inspires you to want to push yourself harder and further."

- Alannah Yip

Curtis
Caron
Para Table Tennis  |  Dartmouth, NS

"I am constantly learning new things from my coach, not just in table tennis but in life as well. He is my role model."

- Curtis Caron

Hayden
Edwards
Archery  |  Markham, ON

"Joan is able to push me to the next level because she is always watching. She catches my mistakes and sees what I am doing well."

- Hayden Edwards

Andrew
Genge
Para-Snowboard  |  Oshawa, ON

"Dave always pushes me out of the comfort zone so I can get better at my sport."

- Andrew Genge

Remi
Drolet
Cross-Country Skiing  |  Rossland, BC

"My coach goes above and beyond what you would expect from a coach."

- Remi Drolet

Kori
Hol
Bobsleigh  |  Richmond, BC

"My coach has taught me so much about the sport."

- Kori Hol

Kalena
Soehn
Gymnastics - Trampoline  |  Red Deer, AB

"I’d like to thank my coach for always being there and getting me where I want to go."

- Kalena Soehn

  • Alannah Yip

    Coach: Andrew Wilson
    Sport Climbing
    North Vancouver, BC

    Alannah Yip

    Alannah Yip

    "(My coach) is the type of coach that doesn’t directly push you, but rather inspires you to want to push yourself harder and further."

  • Alexandre Perreault

    Coach: Blair Tucker
    Swimming
    Ottawa, ON

    Alexandre Perreault

    Alexandre Perreault

    "My dream is to make the Olympic Games, with the main objective to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games and/or the 2024 selection team."

  • Andrew Genge

    Coach: Dave Balne
    Para-Snowboard
    Oshawa, ON

    Andrew Genge

    Andrew Genge

    "Dave always pushes me out of the comfort zone so I can get better at my sport."

  • Arnaud Gaudet

    Coach: Patrik Gaudet
    Snowboard
    Montcalm, QC

    Arnaud Gaudet

    Arnaud Gaudet

    "Having my dad as a coach is pretty great."

  • Ashley Card

    Coach: Jon Pike
    Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
    Hammonds Plains. NS

    Ashley Card

    Ashley Card

    "Ever since I was a child, I have always dreamed of winning an Olympic medal for Canada."

  • Benjamen Lee

    Coach: Shawn Riggs
    Archery
    Kitchener, ON

    Benjamen Lee

    Benjamen Lee

    "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."

  • Benjamin Leslie

    Coach: Adam Muys
    Cycling BMX
    Nanaimo, BC

    Benjamin Leslie

    Benjamin Leslie

    "My dream is to make it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games."

  • Bernard Lapointe

    Coach: Mike Butler
    Para Badminton
    Saint-Léonard, NB

    Bernard Lapointe

    Bernard Lapointe

    "My dream is to be great, as a person and in sports."

  • Blaire McDowell

    Coach: Cyril Dorgigne
    Water Polo
    Regina, SK

    Blaire McDowell

    Blaire McDowell

    "I'd like to thank my coach for giving me the opportunity to reach my potential. He's brought a lot out of me and he's always supported me."

  • Branden Sison

    Coach: Steve Arsenault
    Para ice hockey
    Edmonton, AB

    Branden Sison

    Branden Sison

    "My dream is to make Team Canada next year and to win at the Paralympic Games and world championships during my career."

  • Branden Sison

    Coach: Steve Arsenault
    Sledge Hockey
    Edmonton, AB

    Branden Sison

    Branden Sison

    “What I viewed as harsh was just him wanting the best for me and that's what propelled me to the next level.”

  • Brian Yang

    Coach: Efendi Wijaya
    Badminton
    Toronto, ON

    Brian Yang

    Brian Yang

    "My coach is special because he coaches from his heart."

  • Carson Olafson

    Coach: Tom Johnson
    Swimming
    Chilliwack, BC

    Carson Olafson

    Carson Olafson

    "My dream is to compete in a final at the Olympic Games with my family watching."

  • Carson Olafson

    Coach: Tom Johnson
    Swimming
    Chilliwack, BC

    Carson Olafson

    Carson Olafson

    “He taught me that it's never over until it's over.”

  • Charley Thomas

    Coach: Jeff Stoughton
    Curling
    Calgary, AB

    Charley Thomas

    Charley Thomas

    "My dream is to stand on the podium at the Olympic Games with the medal around my neck."

  • Cindy Morin

    Coach: Guillaume Plourde
    Para cycling - road
    Lévis, QC

    Cindy Morin

    Cindy Morin

    "My dream is to participate in the Paralympic Games in 2020."

  • Courtney Sarault

    Coach: Jeffrey Scholten
    Short Track Skating
    Moncton, NB

    Courtney Sarault

    Courtney Sarault

    "My dream would be to go to the Olympic Games, skate in every distance and win a medal for Canada."

  • Curtis Caron

    Coach: John MacPherson
    Para Table Tennis
    Dartmouth, NS

    Curtis Caron

    Curtis Caron

    "I am constantly learning new things from my coach, not just in table tennis but in life as well. He is my role model."

  • Danielle Dorris

    Coach: Ryan Allen
    Para swimming
    Moncton, NB

    Danielle Dorris

    Danielle Dorris

    "My dream is to be successful in life!"

  • David Johnson

    Coach: Dacre Bowen
    Para athletics
    Victoria, BC

    David Johnson

    David Johnson

    "My dream is to win a Paralympic medal."

  • Emily Dickson

    Coach: Kathy Davies
    Biathlon
  • Evan DePaul

    Coach: Francisco Andrade
    Sailing
  • Francis Jobin

    Coach: Mike Stastook
    Snowboard
    Lac Beauport, QC

    Francis Jobin

    Francis Jobin

    "My dream is to be a professional snowboarder."

  • François Cauchon

    Coach: Jean-Marie Banos
    Fencing
    Montreal, QC

    François Cauchon

    François Cauchon

    "My dream is to win the men's sabre event at the Olympic Games."

  • Hayden Edwards

    Coach: Joan McDonald
    Archery
    Markham, ON

    Hayden Edwards

    Hayden  Edwards

    "Joan is able to push me to the next level because she is always watching. She catches my mistakes and sees what I am doing well."

  • Hicham Boufekane

    Coach: Mike Thompson
    Para swimming
    Montreal, QC

    Hicham Boufekane

    Hicham Boufekane

    "My biggest dream is to be able to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games."

  • India McIsaac

    Coach: John Jaques
    Cross Country Skiing
    Calgary, BC

    India McIsaac

    India McIsaac

    "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."

  • Jamie Wallace

    Coach: Inderpal Sehmbi
    Field Hockey
    Vancouver, BC

    Jamie Wallace

    Jamie Wallace

    "My dream is to represent Canada at the Olympic Games and to help my sport gain exposure in Canada."

  • Jane Caulfield

    Coach: Paul ApSimon
    Fencing
    Edmonton, AB

    Jane Caulfield

    Jane Caulfield

    "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."

  • Jordan Kober

    Coach: Guillaume Turgeon
    Freestyle Skiing
    Penticton, BC

    Jordan Kober

    Jordan Kober

    "What's my dream? Well so far, skiing on the national team has been a dream."

  • Joseph Phan

    Coach: Yvan Desjardins
    Figure Skating
    Laval, QC

    Joseph Phan

    Joseph Phan

    "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

  • Julia Hanes

    Coach: Ken Hall
    Para athletics
    LaSalle, ON

    Julia Hanes

    Julia Hanes

    "My dream is to be a physician and a Paralympian."

  • Justin Lui

    Coach: Ian McNee
    Volleyball
    Pickering, ON

    Justin Lui

    Justin Lui

    "My dream is to be an Olympian."

  • Kalena Soehn

    Coach: Kenneth Soehn
    Gymnastics - Trampoline
    Red Deer, AB

    Kalena Soehn

    Kalena Soehn

    "I’d like to thank my coach for always being there and getting me where I want to go."

  • Kate Miller

    Coach: Fernando Henderson
    Diving
    Ottawa, ON

    Kate Miller

    Kate Miller

    "My dream is to make it to the Olympic Games and win a medal for Canada."

  • Katie Ho-Shue

    Coach: Faye Liang
    Badminton
    Markham, ON

    Katie Ho-Shue

    Katie Ho-Shue

    "My dream is to compete in the Olympic Games and potentially stand on the podium with the Canadian flag."

  • Kelsey Rocque

    Coach: Lesley McEwan
    Curling
    Fort Saskatchewan, AB

    Kelsey Rocque

    Kelsey Rocque

    "My dream is to one day represent Canada at the Winter Olympic Games."

  • Kelsey Rocque

    Coach: Lesley McEwan
    Curling

    Kelsey Rocque

    Kelsey Rocque

    “If you ever wanted someone to have your back Lesley is definitely the person to do it.”

  • Kiera Van Ryk

    Coach: Dan Huzar
    Volleyball
    Surrey, BC

    Kiera Van Ryk

    Kiera Van Ryk

    "My dream is to one day play for the national team and to eventually play professional volleyball."

  • Kori Hol

    Coach: Yannik Morin
    Bobsleigh
    Richmond, BC

    Kori Hol

    Kori Hol

    "My coach has taught me so much about the sport."

  • Kristina McLaren

    Coach: Chris Prickett
    Wrestling - Freestyle
    St. Catharines, ON

    Kristina McLaren

    Kristina McLaren

    "My ultimate dream is to one day represent Canada at the Olympic Games."

  • Laurie Jussaume

    Coach: Jenny Trew
    Cycling - Track
    Contrecoeur, QC

    Laurie Jussaume

    Laurie Jussaume

    "My dream is to make the podium at the Olympic Games."

  • Liam Wallace

    Coach: Thedy Brandli
    Alpine Skiing
    Calgary, AB

    Liam Wallace

    Liam Wallace

    "My dream is to be able to inspire kids to want to become ski racers."

  • Lindsey Butterworth

    Coach: Brit Townsend
    Athletics
    North Vancouver, BC

    Lindsey Butterworth

    Lindsey Butterworth

    "I have always had the long term goal of becoming an Olympian."

  • Luis-Eduardo Santana

    Coach: Vincent Auclair
    Boxing
    Montréal. QC

    Luis-Eduardo Santana

    Luis-Eduardo Santana

    "My dream is to participate in the Olympic Games and to turn pro."

  • Mathea Dempfle-Olin

    Coach: Christian Moutinho
    Surfing
    Tofino, BC

    Mathea Dempfle-Olin

    Mathea Dempfle-Olin

    "He is willing to put everything into coaching me, but I have to want it and give it my all."

  • Max Arsenault

    Coach: Mike Whitehead
    Wheelchair rugby
    Rothesay, NB

    Max Arsenault

    Max Arsenault

    "My dream is to compete in the Paralympic Games."

  • Mina Coulombe

    Coach: Sasha Mehmedovic
    Judo
    Montréal, QC

    Mina Coulombe

    Mina Coulombe

    "The key to my relationship with my coach is communication."

  • Natalie Garcia

    Coach: Tatjana Dolic
    Gymnastics - Rhythmic
    Mississauga, ON

    Natalie Garcia

    Natalie Garcia

    "My dream is to compete at the Olympic Games and to inspire young gymnasts to follow their dreams like I did."

  • Nicole Oudenaarden

    Coach: Les Gramantik
    Athletics
    St. Albert, AB

    Nicole Oudenaarden

    Nicole Oudenaarden

    "I honestly don’t think I can thank my coach enough for what he’s done over the years."

  • Palmer Lumb

    Coach: Peter Martinek
    Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
    Toronto, ON

    Palmer Lumb

    Palmer Lumb

    "My dream has always been to go to the Olympic Games. Nothing can even come close to that accomplishment."

  • Peyton Callens

    Coach: Robert Ratcliffe
    Golf
    Langton, ON

    Peyton Callens

    Peyton Callens

    "My dream is to play Golf on the PGA Tour."

  • Reed De'Aeth

    Coach: Darrell Nordell
    Wheelchair basketball
    Sherwood Park, AB

    Reed De'Aeth

    Reed De'Aeth

    "My dream is to work hard and make it to the highest level of play possible and inspire other young people to play sports."

  • Remi Drolet

    Coach: David Wood
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Rossland, BC

    Remi Drolet

    Remi Drolet

    "My coach goes above and beyond what you would expect from a coach."

  • Ryan Rousell

    Coach: Doug Brecht
    Wheelchair fencing
    Asquith, SK

    Ryan Rousell

    Ryan Rousell

    "My dream is to make it to the Paralympic Games and make my friends and family proud."

  • Sarah Gillies

    Coach: Mark Newton
    Para alpine skiing
    Mono, ON

    Sarah Gillies

    Sarah  Gillies

    "He has shown real interest in my training and racing, we have discussed my goals for the future and he wants to help me reach my potential"

  • Thomas Critch

    Coach: Robert Ratcliffe
    Golf
    Austin, TX

    Thomas Critch

    Thomas Critch

    "My dream is to win the Masters and to win an Olympic gold medal and to be the best golfer in the world."

  • William Jones

    Coach: Francisco Andrade
    Sailing
    Hamilton, ON

    William Jones

    William Jones

    "My dream is to leave behind a legacy and be a good role model for future generations."

Petro-Canada's Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE ) Program
Supporting aspiring athletes and coaches

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 with a $10,000 FACE grant, to be shared with their coach.  They often use these funds for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses so they can continue to strive towards their goal.

Since 1988, Petro-Canada has supported over 3000 Canadian athletes and their coaches by providing more than $11,000,000 in financial support.

To learn more about how Petro-Canada lives by the leaf, visit livebytheleaf.ca.

  • More than 3000 athlete and coach grant recipients to date
  • Over 11 Million in funding to date
  • 55 Athletes & Coaches. Each pair receives 10,000 every year