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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.

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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
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Jeff McKeen Kyle Kennedy Bobsleigh Ottawa ON
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Jon Dunkerley James Cook Para triathlon Ottawa ON
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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