Victoria’s William Bishop has joined one of the most prestigious athletic clubs in Canada.
Bishop, a golfer who plays out of the Victoria Golf Club, Won the 2020 B.C. Junior Boys Golf Championship (U-19) as a 16-year-old. He also won the 2020 B.C. juvenile (U-17) championships. The 17-year-old, who is entering grade 12 at Claremont High School, was named to Golf Canada’s 2021 national men’s junior team in November.
This week he was named as one of 55 up-and-coming Canadian athletes from both summer and winter sports selected by Petro-Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada to receive a Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) Program grant.
The program supports up-and-coming athletes when they need it most: when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, but don’t yet qualify for full government funding. Recipients are selected based on potential. The funding is courtesy of Petro-Canada.
The athletes and their coaches are awarded $10,000 ($5,000 directly to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach) to help with things athlete families often have to pay out-of-pocket, like equipment and competition travel expenses.
Hundreds of Past recipients have gone on to win medals for Canada at recent Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Since 1988, FACE grants have supported more than 3,000 athletes and coaches by providing more than $12,000,000 in financial support.
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