GM awards over $200,000 in coaching grants

On April 2, 2008, General Motors of Canada awarded 10 high performance coaching grants through the Making Dreams Possible program. Each coach received $10,000 to go towards the growth and development of a top Canadian athlete.

Five of the 10 grant recipients (listed below) are also expected to compete at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Beijing this coming August. And GM will be cheering them on all the way!

The 2008 Recipients of the High Performance Coaching Grants are...

Manon Perron(coach), Joannie Rochette(athlete) for Figure Skating - Quebec

Jan Bidrman(coach), Mike Brown(athlete) for Swimming - Alberta/Ontario

Mark Fawcett(coach), Matt Morison(athlete) for Alpine Snowboarding - BC/Ontario

Annie Barabé & Sophie Richard(coaches), Jessica Dubé & Bryce Davison(athletes) for Pairs Figure Skating - Quebec

Kim Cousins(coach), Lindsay Alcock(athlete) for Skeleton - Alberta

Michel Larouche(coach), Alexandre Despatie & Roseline Filion(athletes) for Diving - Quebec

David Ross(coach), Karen Cockburn(athlete) for Trampoline Gymnastics - Ontario

Victor Zilberman(coach), Martine Dugrenier(athlete) for Wrestling - Quebec

Jean-Sébastien(coach), Labrie Lauren Woolstencroft(athlete) for Alpine Skiing (Paralympic) - Alberta

Benoit Lebrun(coach), Benoit Huot(athlete) for Swimming (Paralympic) - Quebec

For photographs and full biographies of the above recipients, visit

2008 Recipients of the Community Coaching Grants

Supporting young athletes at the grass-roots level as well, GM awarded $2,000 grants to 56 community sport clubs across Canada for coach training and development. See the complete list of club coaching grant recipients .

GM Dealers & Retailers Contribute to the Dream

GM Dealers/Retailers also continued their involvement in the Making Dreams Possible program by supporting sport in their own communities. Participating GM Dealers/Retailers contributed $1,000 to guarantee that a sport club from within their own community received a Making Dreams Possible club coaching grant.

And the dream continues...

A second wave of 50+ club coaching grants will be awarded by GM later this year. To find out if your community sport club qualifies and/or to learn more about the Making Dreams Possible program, please visit The application deadline is September 26, 2008.

Congratulations to all our grant recipients!


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