(June 9, 2008)

Canadian figure skaters Joey Russell, Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno were among 50 athletes to receive a grant as part of the Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence program, also known as FACE.

Petro-Canada's FACE program provides funding grants to developing athletes and matching grants to their coaches, which can be used for everything from training to equipment. It provides athletes and their coaches with the resources necessary to help close the funding gap and help talented athletes achieve national carded status.

Working with National Sporting Organizations across Canada, Petro-Canada's FACE program provides $8,000 in funding grants for the 50 selected athlete-coach pairings. All Olympic and Paralympic sports are eligible for FACE program funding, and follow the Sport Canada review process to qualify.

Newfoundland and Labrador native Joey Russell and his coach Lee Barkell will be awarded matching grants. Russell is a member of the Polaris Figure Skating Club in Labrador City, Nfld. and trains at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ont.

Russell most recently competed at the 2008 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver and placed ninth. In 2007 he competed at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champions and placed eleventh and in 2006 Russell was the Canadian Men’s Junior Champion.

Britsh Columbia’s Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno and their coach Victor Kraatz also received the grant. Hann-McCurdy and Coreno skate in the ice dance discipline. At the 2008 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships the duo placed third to give them a spot on the podium and on the National Team. In March of 2008 they competed at their first ISU World Championships and placed nineteenth.    

Congratulations Joey, Allie and Michael!
Allie Hann-McCurdy / Michael Coreno
Joey Russell
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