Dolinar Named as 2022 Petro-Canada FACE Grant Recipient
Wheelchair tennis athlete Anne-Marie Dolinar among group of 11 para athletes to receive FACE grants
A group of 55 up-and-coming athletes and their coaches have recently been announced as recipients of the 2022 Petro-Canada FACE grants. Among the class of 2022 includes wheelchair tennis athlete Anne-Marie Dolinar of Deep River, and her coach Brian Ma of Toronto.
The Petro-Canada FACE program (Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence) supports athletes from across various sports who have the potential and are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don’t yet qualify for government funding. Grants in the amount of $10,000 are used to support their training, competition, and equipment-related expenses, with $5,000 going to the athlete and $5,000 to the coach.
Dolinar, a rising star on the Canadian wheelchair tennis scene, made her mark in 2019 when she captured gold in the women’s singles event at the National Championships. She is among a notable group of 10 other para-athletes from across Canada to receive FACE grants.
FACE grant recipients are nominated by their National Sport Organization and selected by a committee made up of representatives from Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the Coaching Association of Canada. Since 1988, Petro-Canada has given over $12 million in financial support to over 3,000 Canadian athletes and coaches.
About the Ontario Para Network
Formerly known as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, our mission at the Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is to grow opportunities for participation in adaptive sports across Ontario. As the governing body for wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis in the province, we strive to offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in recreational, competitive, and high performance programs. We lead, develop, support and advocate for athletes, coaches and volunteers to build strong and inclusive sport communities. We also deliver extensive outreach and education programs targeting schools as well as individuals and clinicians at rehabilitation hospitals and the broader health care sector.