Vancouver, British Columbia – General Motors of Canada announced that ten Canadian high performance coaches and their Olympic hopeful athletes have been awarded $10,000 grants for coaching skill development through GM Canada’s Making Dreams Possible Program. In addition, 56 community clubs across Canada received a coaching grant of $2,000 each and GM and ACDelco awarded more than $2.4 million to Own the Podium 2010.

The ten winning coaches and athletes are as follows:

Coach Athlete Sport
Manon Perron Joannie Rochette Figure Skating
Jan Bidrman Mike Brown Swimming
Michel Larouche Roseline Filion Diving
David Ross Karen Cockburn Trampoline gymnastics
Victor Zilberman Martine Dugrenier Wrestling
Mark Fawcett Matt Morison Alpine Snowboarding
Jean-Sebastien Labrie Lauren Woolstencroft Para-Alpine Skiing
Annie Barabe and Sophie Richard Jessice Dube and Bryce Davison Pairs Figure Skating
Benoit Lebrun Benoit Huot Paralympic swimming
Kim Cousins Lindsay Alcock Skeleton

The 56 community clubs are:

Sport Club City
Calgary Speed Skating Association Calgary, AB
Fortress Alpine Ski Team (F.A.S.T.) Calgary, AB
Calgary Rowing Club Calgary, AB
En Garde Fencing Club Edmonton, AB
Lethbridge Little League Baseball – District 1 Lethbridge, AB
Lethbridge Track & Field Club Lethbridge, AB
Lethbridge Judo Club Lethbridge, AB
Strathcona Nordics Courtenay, B.C.
Kimberley Soccer Association Kimberley, B.C.
Nelson Nordic Ski Club Nelson, B.C.
Shasta Trampoline Team New Westminster, B.C.
Apex Freestyle Ski Club Penticton, B.C.
Tri Port Minor Hockey Association Port Hardy, B.C.
Northern Regional Training Centre for Speed Skating Prince George, B.C.
Prince George Minor Hockey Association Prince George, B.C.
Red Mountain Racers Society Rossland, B.C.
Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club Squamish, B.C.
Victoria Track and Field Club Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Youth Paddling Club Society Victoria, B.C.
Kids of Mud Winnipeg, MB
Skate Winnipeg Winnipeg, MB
Antigonish Minor Soccer Association Antogonish, N.S.
Aurora Youth Soccer Club Aurora, ON
Bramalea Gymnastics Club Inc Brampton, ON
Milton Heights Ski Racing Club Burlington, ON
Cambridge Kips Gymnastics Club Inc Cambridge, ON
Grimsby Basketball Association Grimsby, ON
Mountain Athletic Club Milton, ON
Orillia Rowing Club Orillia, ON
Club de gymnastique Les Sitelles Ottawa, ON
Gloucester Skating Club Ottawa, ON
St. Catharines Jets Girls Soccer Club St. Catharines, ON
Stoney Creek Soccer Club Stoney Creek, ON
Timmins Marlins Swim Club Timmins, ON
East York Soccer Club Toronto
Uxbridge Soccer Club Uxbridge, ON
Whitby Iroquois Soccer Club Whitby, ON
Rose City Gymnastics Windsor, ON
Club de Natation de Boucherville Boucherville, QC
Club de gymnastique Gymnamic Charny, QC
Club cycliste Dynamiks de Contrecoeur Contre-Coeur, QC
Les Fees d’Eau de Gatineau Gatineau, QC
Club de Boxe Olympique Jonquiere Jonquiere, QC
Les Archers de Levis Levis, QC
Association de Soccer de Mascouche Mascouche, QC
Club de Soccer Longueil Longueil, QC
Club de Patinage de vitesse Montreal-International Montreal, QC
Notre Dame de Grace Soccer Association Montreal, QC
Les Vaillants du Temiscouata Pohenegamook, QC
Club de Soccer de la Houte St-Charles Quebec, QC
Club de soccer des Rivieres de Quebec Quebec, QC
Club plein air biathlon Estrie Sherbrooke, QC
Association du Baseball Mineur de Sherbrooke Sherbrooke, QC
Regina Synchro (RCLS) Regina, SK
Taiso Gymnastics Club Saskatoon, SK

The announcement is the second phase of GM’s overall $5.2 million pledge to provide a competitive edge for Canadian athletes. GM will contribute a total of $4 million to Own the Podium 2010, an initiative created to help Canada become the number one nation in terms of medals at the 2010 Olympic Games and top three at the 2010 Paralympic Games, as well as $1.2 million to directly support coaches at the elite and local club levels through the Making Dreams Possible program.

“The coach-athlete partnership is essential to the success of our Canadian athletes,” said Tom Laurie, GM of Canada’s Olympic Partnership Manager. “With support from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), these grants were designed to invest in coaches across Canada. GM has a long history of supporting Canadian athletes and is proud to help our Olympic hopefuls realize their dreams as they look to stand atop the podium in Beijing this summer and in Vancouver in 2010.”

“This funding alleviates a lot of the worry and gives us more opportunities to do a few extra things that make a huge difference,” says Mark Fawcett, coach of Alpine Snowboarding star, Matt Morison, who was selected to receive a $10,000 Making Dreams Possible high performance grant for the second year in a row, “Things like having extra training sessions in Vancouver – extra touches to make Matt more comfortable with the site, with the prospect of the approaching Olympic Games.”

General Motors of Canada Ltd. is the Official Vehicle Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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