General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

December 17, 2008 14:51 ET

GM Canada and the CAC Support the Development of Good Coaches That Inspire Canadian Youth to Enjoy an Active Lifestyle

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2008) - According to the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), good coaching is fundamental to community sport. In addition to building Olympic dreams, coaches play a critical role as they share the positive aspects of an active lifestyle and teach young Canadians everything from teamwork and character building to the fundamental skills of the sport. To support the development of coaches in Canada, General Motors of Canada and the CAC are proud to award an additional 51 grants of $2,000 each for coaching skill development.

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"Coaches have an enormous impact on the development of young Canadians," said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service, and marketing. "With support from the CAC, these grants were designed to invest in coaches in communities across Canada. We believe that ongoing coach development at the grass roots level is essential whether they are training beginners or Olympians."

"The CAC is pleased to be partners with GM through the Making Dreams Possible Program. To date this program has touched more than 10,000 coaches and over 125,000 athletes in 131 communities across the country. This program immediately impacts coach development and education and will ultimately benefit Canadian sport as more coaches are introduced to the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP)," commented Jean-Marie De Koninck, Chair, CAC Board of Directors.

"Coaching is fundamental to the successful development of youth in sports and we truly appreciate the support we have received this year .We are very proud to have been selected for this fine award and will use the funds received to further develop our coaches in our minor hockey association" said Bill Forman, Coach Coordinator, 100 Mile Minor Hockey Association. "Well trained coaches are of upmost importance when it comes to developing athletes and we have lots of plans for the funds we will receive this year."

Making Dreams Possible is a program developed by GM in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada, the governing body of Canada's coaching education program and is designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels.

Community Coaching Grants

GM's Making Dreams Possible program will provide a minimum of 100 grants of $2,000 each annually for coach development in local communities. Applications can be submitted by head coaches, technical directors or the presidents of local sports clubs. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of community level coaches.

High Performance Grants

GM also provides 10 grants of $10,000 each annually to high performance athletes and their coaches. Applications must be submitted by the high performance athletes and their coaches for these elite grants.

For more information please go to www.coach.ca/makingdreamspossible

The next wave of local sport club and high performance applications closes at 11:59 pm on Sunday February 15th, 2009, with grants to be awarded in April.

About GM Canada

GM Canada is a proud National Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and Official Sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Team competing through 2012. GM has an overarching philosophy that includes its support of initiatives such as the Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey program and is also the official sponsor for the nation's premier developmental alpine racing series - the Pontiac GMC Cup -supporting elite amateur ski racers in Canada for more than 40 years.

About the Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mission of enhancing the experiences of all Canadian athletes through quality coaching. CAC and its partners deliver a leading edge coaching system whose goal is to have an impact on 1,000,000 athletes through the training of 100,000 coaches each year in the National Coaching Certification Program. Visit www.coach.ca for more information about coach education and training.




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Club Sport City Province
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100 Mile Minor Hockey Hockey 100 Mile House BC
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Chilliwack Centre of
Excellence Kayak - Whitewater Chilliwack BC
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Golden Ears Judo Club Society Judo Maple Ridge BC
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Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski North
Club Alpine Ski Vancouver BC
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Kelowna Skating Club Figure Skating Kelowna BC
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Kimberley North Star Racers Alpine Ski Cranbrook BC
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Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Cross Country
Club Ski/Paranordic Penticton BC
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Saanich Minor Hockey
Association Hockey Victoria BC
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Sovereign Lake Nordic Club Cross Country Ski Vernon BC
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Twisters Gymnastics Gymnastics Abbotsford BC
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North
Vancouver Freestyle Ski Club Freestyle Skiing Vancouver BC
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Whistler Nordics Ski Club Cross Country Ski Whitstler BC
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Alberta Ski Academy Alpine Ski Edmonton AB
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Canuck Stuff Volleyball Club Volleyball Calgary AB
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Ortona Gymnastics Club Gymnastics Edmonton AB
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Skimeisters Alpine Racing
Club Alpine Racing Calgary AB
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Marian Gymnastics Club Gymnastics Saskatoon SK
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Prince Albert Gymnastics Club Gymnastics Prince Albert SK
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Prince Albert Sharks Swim
Club Swimming Prince Albert SK
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Regina Ski Club Alpine Racing Regina SK
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Saskatoon Track and Field Club Athletics Saskatoon SK
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Water Polo Saskatoon Inc. Water Polo Saskatoon SK
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Burlington Skating Centre Figure Skating Burlington ON
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Caledon Ski Club Alpine Ski Caledon ON
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Gloucester Synchronized Swim Synchronized
Club Swimming Ottawa ON
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Cross Country
Highlands Trailblazers Inc. Ski/Biathlon Duntroon ON
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Kitchener Waterloo Rowing
Club Rowing Kitchener ON
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Synchronized
London Synchro Club Swimming Komoka ON
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Niagara Regional Athletics Athletics Niagara Falls ON
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Oshawa Turul Soccer Club Soccer Oshawa ON
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Russell Soccer Club Soccer Russell ON
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Saltfleet Go Ahead Soccer Club Soccer Stoney Creek ON
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Special Friends of Gymnastics Gymnastics Windsor ON
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Tumblers Gymnastics Centre Gymnastics Orleans ON
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Walden Cross Country Fitness Cross Country
Club Ski/Biathlon Naughton ON
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Association de Soccer de
Blainville Soccer Blainville QC
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Club de gymnastique l'Envol de
Levis Gymnastique Levis QC
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Club de patinage de vitesse
Montreal-Gadbois Speed Skating Montreal QC
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Club de plongeon l'Envol Diving Laval QC
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Club de ski de fond Monteriski Cross Country Ski Ste-Julie QC
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Synchronized Dollard-des-
Club Dollard Synchro Swimming Ormeaux QC
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Equipe de ski zone de l'Estrie Alpine Ski St-Lambert QC
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Equipe Division Laurentienne
de Ski Alpine Ski St-Sauveux QC
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Montreal Athletics Regional
Club Athletics Lachine QC
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Sport-etudes Lanaudiere,
ARPAL Figure Skating Terrebonne QC
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Antigonish Stoirm Volleyball
Club Volleyball Antigonish NS
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Cole Harbour Bel Ayr Minor
Hockey Association Hockey Dartmouth NS
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Halifax Aqua Nova Synchro Synchronized
Club Swimming Halifax NS
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Shooting Star Basketball
Association Basketball Windsor NS
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TAISO Gymnastics Training
Centre Gymnastics Lower Sackville NS
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Cygnus Gymnastics Training
Centre Gymnastics St.John's NL
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Contact Information

  • GM Canada
    Patty Faith
    (905) 644-2728
    Email: media.gmcanada.com
    or
    Coaching Association of Canada
    Michele Dion
    Communications Coordinator
    (613) 235-5000, ext. 9-2384
    Website: www.coach.ca