© Copyright – 2017 – Victoria Sports News
Boardworks Diving is a team and or perhaps a club, whose tagline is, turning Victoria’s youth into international champions. They are apparently living up to that premise.
The club has a long list of champions to their credit since they began two decades ago at Saanich Commonwealth Pool. To date, their divers have won 167 junior national medals. They have produced two Olympians, four world championships medallists and have won 67 junior national titles amongst many other accomplishments. They have been ranked as the second-best club in the country for 12 years.
Another of their emerging talent is Victoria’s own Carson Paul. Paul, this week was one of 55 young Canadian athletes from 40 different summer and winter sports to be selected by Petro-Canada to receive a $10,000 Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program grant.
“It was such an incredible honour to be recognized by Diving Plongeon Canada for the Petro-Canada FACE grant,” said the Royal Oak Middle School student. “I received the news the day before Junior Nationals began here in July. It definitely boosted my confidence going into Nationals where I was able to claim both the 3-metre and Platform titles.”
Past recipients include Olympic and Paralympic medallists Patrick Chan (silver, figure skating), Hayley Wickenheiser (gold, hockey), Rosie MacLennan (gold, trampoline), Kristina Groves (silver, speed skating), Mark Tewksbury, (gold, swimming), Kaitlyn Lawes (gold, curling), Marielle Thompson (gold, ski cross), Mac Marcoux (gold, Para-alpine skiing) and Nicholas Gill (silver, Judo).
“As a past FACE athlete, it’s amazing to see that other athletes will continue to receive Petro-Canada’s generous support now that they have renewed their partnership with the COC,” said Hayley Wickenheiser, six-time Olympian, five-time Olympic medallist. “They help make Canadian athletes’ dreams come true and for that, we will always be grateful.”
Even though Paul has genetics on his side, as his father is an Olympic gold medallist, he recognizes the value of training at a world-class facility like Saanich Commonwealth Place and receiving the hand from FACE and Petro-Canada.
“I just came home from Toronto this past Sunday, after taking part in the Petro-Canada CBC Sports FACE Summit over the weekend. It was an incredible experience and very inspiring listening to Michelle Salt (Paralympian) and Mark Tewksbury. Even though my father is a former Olympic gold medallist himself, it meant so much to hear of other Olympians experiences and learn from them. Spending the weekend with the para-athletes recipients was also an incredible experience and one that I will never soon forget. They were beyond inspirational,” shared Paul.
Boardworks athletes will be competing in the VIII Pan American Junior Diving Championship Sept. 28 to October 1.
“I’m really looking forward to competing at my home pool in an international competition as my family and friends have never seen me compete internationally yet, (only online, Livestream)!
I’m feeling strong and excited and honoured to be wearing the maple leaf!”
Developed by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and facilitated by their National Sport partners, the 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. Recipients are selected based on potential. The funding is courtesy of Petro Canada.
Since 1988, FACE grants have supported more than 2,700 athletes on their way to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Every year, 55 promising athletes from across Canada are awarded a $10,000 Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) grant, shared with their coaches, to help them along their journey. To date, $10 million in direct financial support has been provided to athlete and coach pairings through the FACE program.
In addition to providing financial support, FACE athletes and coaches are invited to an annual summit to learn from Olympians and Paralympians and receive advice on media training, public speaking, and personal brand development.
|Athlete||Coach||Sport discipline||Athlete Hometown|
|Alannah Yip||Andrew Wilson||Sport Climbing||Vancouver BC|
|Andrew Genge||Dave Balne||Para snowboard||Oshawa ON|
|Annie Leblanc||José Sant||Athletics||Repentigny QC|
|Ben Hagkull||Simon Cass||Wheelchair Basketball||Chilliwack BC|
|Blake Broszus||Aleksei Murugin||Fencing||Ontario|
|Brian Yang||Efendi Wijaya||Badminton||Markham ON|
|Brooke Voigt||Elliot Catton||Snowboard||For McMurray AB|
|Camille Saxton||Adriana Bento||Beach Volleyball||Calgary AB|
|Carmen Whelan||Iana Nadtotchii||Gymnastics – Rhythmic||Markham ON|
|Carson Paul||Lisa Boog||Diving||Victoria BC|
|Casey Scheidegger||Carolyn Darbyshire||Curling||Red Deer AB (resides Lethbridge)|
|Conrad Orzel||Eva Najarro||Figure Skating||Woodbridge ON|
|Curtis Caron||John MacPherson||Para table tennis||Halifax NS|
|Devaney Collier||Jenny Trew||Cycling – Track||Edmonton AB|
|Elizabeth Longley||Florin Marinache||Shooting||Waterdown ON|
|Evan Marineau||Jeremy Cooper||Freestyle Skiing||Fernie BC|
|Félix Dolci||Adrian Balan||Gymnastics – Artistic||Laval QC|
|Fillah Karim||Vasilij Zbogar||Sailing||Vancouver BC|
|Greg Stewart||Kim Cousins||Para athletics||Ontario|
|Hayden Edwards||Joan McDonald||Archery||Aurora ON|
|Jade Dufour||Victor Zilberman||Wrestling – Freestyle||Windsor ON|
|Jake Weidemann||Crispin Parkinson||Speed Skating||Ottawa ON|
|Jeff McKeen||Kyle Kennedy||Bobsleigh||Ottawa ON|
|Joel Ewert||Adam Frost||Wheelchair Rugby||Prince George BC|
|Joey Desjardins||Guillaume Plourde||Para cycling road||Hawkesbury ON|
|Jon Dunkerley||James Cook||Para triathlon||Ottawa ON|
|Keenan Simpson||Anthony Colin||Canoe/Kayak – Slalom||Ottawa ON|
|Leo Grandbois||Sandrine Charron||Biathlon||Sherbrooke QC|
|Lexson Mathieu||François Duguay||Boxing||Montreal QC|
|Mackenzie Padington||Brad Dingey||Swimming||Campbell River BC|
|Marco Schumann||Alan McIlveen||Short Track Skating||Saskatoon SK|
|Mathea Dempfle-Olin||Christian Moutinho||Surfing||Tofino BC|
|Mathieu St-Pierre||Hélène Gervais||Para canoe||Shawinigan QC|
|Maura McLean||Jennifer Koptie (Shaver)||Synchronized Swimming||Toronto ON|
|Maxym-Olivier Rivest||Denis Beaudoin||Karate||Gatineau QC|
|Maya Antoine||Emma Humphries||Football (Soccer)||Vaughn ON|
|Maya Ladhani||Emma Humphries||Football (Soccer)||Guelph ON|
|Mégane Bélanger||Brendan Arnold||Cycling – BMX||Oka QC|
|Melissa Bratic||Hasan Bratic||Karate||Mississauga ON|
|Mikayla Martin||Sead Causevic||Ski Cross||Squamish BC|
|Natalie Eilers||Gregor Linsig||Ski Jumping||Calgary AB|
|Natalie Wilkie||Abbi May||Para Nordic skiing||Salmon Arm BC|
|Phell Joseph Mancoa||Robin MacDowell||Rugby – Sevens||Regina SK|
|Philippe Vachon||Charles Labrie||Para swimming||Laval QC|
|Sarah Gillies||Mark Newton||Para alpine skiing||Orangeville ON|
|Shady El Nahas||Ken Fukushima||Judo||Toronto ON|
|Shelby Newkirk||Eric Kramer||Para swimming||Saskatoon SK|
|Sierra Smith||Peter Rybarik||Alpine Skiing||Ottawa ON|
|Terence Yeung||Pradeeban Peter-Paul||Table Tennis||Ontario|
|Thomson Harris||Geoff Matthews||Hockey (Field)||Vancouver BC|
|Trinity Ellis||Matt McMurray||Luge||Pemberton BC|
|Ty Godfrey||Alain Parent||Cross Country Skiing||Canmore AB|
|Véronique Déry||Muncef Ouardi||Speed Skating||Levis QC|
|Zachary Lavin||Steve Arsenault||Para ice hockey||Essex ON|
|Zane Clarke||Jon Pike||Canoe/Kayak – Sprint||Selkirk MB|