General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

May 02, 2007 15:08 ET

Making Dreams Possible for Ten of Canada's High Performance Athlete Coaches

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - Ten high performance coaches will receive $10,000 each for skill development through GM Canada's Making Dreams Possible Program. This represents the first phase of GM's overall $1.2 million pledge to support Canadian athletes and their coaches as they prepare for future Olympic competitions.

Manon Perron Joannie Rochette Figure Skating Quebec
Jan Bidrman Mike Brown Swimming Alberta/Ontario
Nicolas Gill Marie-Helene Chisholm Judo Quebec
Tony Smith Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics Alberta
Tom Hainey Kirby Cote Para-Swimming Alberta
Mark Fawcett Matt Morison Alpine Snowboard BC/Ontario
Tim Gfeller Shona Rubens Alpine Ski Quebec
Annie Barabe Jessica Dube
Sophie Richard Bryce Davison Pairs Figure Skating Quebec
Tanya Dubnicoff Samantha Cools BMX Alberta
Kim Cousins Lindsay Alcock Skeleton Alberta

"We are working closely with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to help put more athletes on the podium than any other country in 2010" said Frank Trivieri, general director of marketing for General Motors of Canada. "The Making Dreams Possible program is an important extension to our Olympic and Own the Podium sponsorships. Coaches play an integral and often understated role in growing and developing our Canadian athletes. I would like to congratulate our ten recipients and we wish them all the best in their future training initiatives and competitions."

"The CAC is pleased to be partners with GM and the Making Dreams Possible Program. This program provides critical support to high performance coaches as they prepare their athletes to represent Canada on the international stage," commented Jean-Marie De Koninck, Chair, CAC Board of Directors. He added that, "our partners in Canadian sport are very appreciative of this commitment and look forward to the continued partnership as we head towards 2010."

"This grant from GM's Making Dreams Possible program provides us with incredible opportunities as we look forward to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said Mark Fawcett, Canadian Alpine Snowboard Team Head Coach. "Matt and I will use these funds to support incremental training initiatives and to give us access to equipment that ensures he is developing into the best athlete possible. We truly appreciate the support of this organization that understands how important this support is to improve our program and to build for future Olympic Games."

GM has committed $5.2 million to help make Canadian athletes' dreams possible. Over the next four years, GM's Making Dreams Possible program will provide ten annual grants of $10,000 each to high performance athletes and their coaches and 100 annual grants of $2,000 each to coaching development initiatives in local communities. These grants will be used to fund special projects that develop the skills and abilities of elite and community level coaches. GM Canada will also donate $4 million to Own the Podium 2010.

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 designed to support coaches of Olympic and Paralympic Sports at the high performance and community levels. Applications can be submitted by high performance athletes and their coaches for the elite grants and head coaches, technical directors or the president of local sports clubs can apply for the local sport club coaching awards. Application forms can be found through

About GM Canada

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles - more than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, GMCL employs more than 19,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 759 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

About Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada is a not-for-profit amateur sport organization with the mandate to improve the effectiveness of coaching across all sports and at all levels of the sport system. Visit for more information about coach education and training.

Contact Information

  • GM Canada
    Patty Faith
    (905) 644-2728
    Coaching Association of Canada
    Sandra Gage
    Director, Marketing and Communications
    (613) 235-5000 ext. 9-2378