Every year, we select 55 up-and-coming athletes and their coaches from across Canada to receive a FACE™, or Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence, grant. We give the grants to athletes when they need it the most – when they are striving to represent Canada at the Paralympic or Olympic Games but don’t yet qualify for government funding.
The National Sport Federations nominate candidates across Canada who would benefit the most from a grant. Then, a committee made up of representatives from Petro‑Canada™, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada choose the recipients.
Since 1988, we have given $11 million in financial support to 3,000+ Canadian athletes and coaches.
Please contact your National Sport Federation to learn more.
Potential Canadian Olympic athletes and Paralympic athletes 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 the athlete’s coach. These grants are often used for training, equipment, coach education and travel expenses for competitions.
We partner with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to support our coaches in their journey to fuel the dreams of our athletes. In addition to the support given to coaches through our FACE™ grants, other support includes:
This annual event is the largest gathering of sport educators and coaches in North America.
In partnership with the CAC, we recognize coaches of medal winning athletes. We honour the recipients at an annual Sports Leadership Awards Gala.View winners
During each Olympic Games, we hold this event to recognize Team Canada’s coaches.
The next Games will be held in Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2020. And the next Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will be in 2022.
We believe one of the best ways for Petro‑Canada to support Canadian Olympic athletes and Paralympic athletes is to help their biggest supporters — their families — be there to see them compete. That’s why in 2010, we launched the Canadian Athlete Family Program. This first-of-its-kind initiative allowed over 500 athletes’ family members to watch their loved ones compete live at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
We continued this support through a ticketing program that ensured the families of Canadian Olympians and Paralympians competing at each Games since Vancouver have had the opportunity to watch their athletes compete live — and that Canadian athletes had their own personal cheering section.
Located in Canada Olympic House and Canada Paralympic House, our Café offers a comfortable and comforting gathering place for Canadian athletes and their parents.
Get updates on Canadian athletes, coaches and their families on the Petro‑Canada Fuels Athletes Facebook page.OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Since 2002, we have presented the James Worrall Flag Bearer Award to the athletes chosen to lead Team Canada into the Olympic Stadium. Paralympic athletes also began receiving this award in 2004.
Competing for Canada in the 1936 Olympic Games, James Worrall was also the flag bearer for the team. After his athletic career, Mr. Worrall became an ambassador worldwide for the Canadian Olympic Movement.
Designed by renowned Canadian artist Micah Lexier, the award is just as solid, impressive and undeniably Canadian as the athletes on our teams.