Keenan Simpson: ‘Anthony calms me down, keeps my head from spinning out of control’ | The Bond

By Petro-Canada FACE


The bond is strong between Slalom athlete Keenan Simpson and his coach, Anthony Colin. Meet the FACE™ grant recipients and learn how ‘balance’ allows them to remain friends on and off the water.

“In two short years he has changed me as a paddler both mentally and technically. ”    – Keenana Simpson

The Canadian canoe slalom team member says that he has improved from being a development level athlete to gaining a place on the senior national team since working with his coach and mentor, Anthony Colin.

Lean how the rising star paddler is using his Petro-Canada FACE™ grant and how the bond continues to grow with Anthony Colin by watching this video produced by CBC Olympics.



Petro-Canada’s FACE 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 government funding.

Every year, Petro-Canada selects fifty-five promising athletes from across Canada. These athletes and their coaches are awarded a $10,000 FACE grant to help them along their journey, with $5,000 going directly to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach. FACE grants are often used for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses for competitions.

Since 1988, Petro-Canada has supported over 2900 Canadian athletes and their coaches by providing more than $10,000,000 in financial support.