Vancouver, British Columbia – Ten Canadian high-performance coaches and their Olympic hopeful athletes have each been awarded a $10,000 grant for coach development through GM Canada’s Making Dreams Possible Program. In addition, 52 community clubs from across Canada each received a grant of $2,000 for coach training and development activities.

The announcement is the third phase of GM’s overall pledge to provide a competitive edge for Canadian athletes. The automaker said that its direct support of coach education and development through the program has affected over 15,000 coaches and 170,000 athletes in 155 communities across the country.

“GM has a long history of supporting Canadian athletes and is proud to help our Olympic hopefuls realize their dreams by supporting their coaches as they work together to stand atop the podium just one short year from now in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games,” said Tom Laurie, GM of Canada’s Olympic Partnership Manager.

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

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