Post date: Sep 11, 2014 2:41:08 AM

TORONTO, ON: Today, Skate Canada is proud to announce Roman Sadovsky, 15, Vaughan, Ont. and coach Tracey Wainman as recipients of Petro-Canada Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) funding. Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, annually awards 50 athlete and coach pairings with funding to help fuel their sport dreams.This past weekend Sadovsky, claimed the gold medal at the International Skating Union’s (ISU) Junior Grand Prix event in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He placed eighth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the senior category. He is coached by Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the YSRA Winter Club.

“The FACE program is the cornerstone of our Olympic and Paralympic legacy and we are excited to increase the funding for both coaches and athletes, fuelling their dream to compete on the international stage,” said Louis Côté, Director, Loyalty and Strategic Partnerships, Suncor. “The drive and discipline of the athletes and coaches chosen is astounding, congratulations on becoming this year’s FACE recipients.”

Working together with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and their National Sport partners, the FACE program provides developing, pre-carded, Canadian athlete and coach pairings with $10,000 in grants. These resources help athletes achieve national carded status and coaches improve their skills over the long term.

“This funding, targeted to developing athletes and their coaches, definitely has a significant impact,” said Patricia Chafe, Chief Sport Officer, Skate Canada. “We know that investing in our athletes at this stage in their career really does reap dividends in the long-term. As well, coaching excellence is critical to the success of our athletes, and we appreciate the recognition of the coach in athlete development with this funding.”

This year, Suncor increased the funding from $8,000 per athlete and coach pairing to $10,000, and boosted the total annual financial commitment from $400,000 to $500,000 for every year of the program going forward.

Beginning with the Petro-Canada Torch Scholarship Fund in 1988 and continuing through its re-launch as the FACE Program in 2007, the program has provided more 2,600 Canadian athletes and coaches with almost $9 million in direct financial support. Recipients of the 2014 program funding represent both summer and winter sports and represent Canada from coast to coast.

Previous FACE recipients have gone on to great success on the international stage, including at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, reaching the podium 12 times. Medallists include: Mark Arendz (Para-Biathlon – Silver, Bronze), Jim Armstrong (Wheelchair Curling – Gold), Patrick Chan (Figure Skating – Silver, Silver (team)), Mélodie Daoust (Ice Hockey – Gold), Kaitlyn Lawes (Curling – Gold), Mac Marcoux (Para-Alpine – Gold, Bronze, Bronze), Kevin Reynolds (Figure Skating– Silver (team)), Marielle Thompson (Ski Cross – Gold).

For more a complete list of 2014 FACE recipients or additional information on the FACE program, visit