Mississauga’s Ethan Small has joined one of the most prestigious athletic clubs in Canada. The 17-year-old, who won Gold at the 2019 Junior World Karate Championships, was named this week 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.
Small, who attended St. Joan of Arc Secondary School, was one of five Mississauga athletes to receive the honour. Andrew Azores (Archery), Dylan Bibic (Track Cycling), Igor Kozic (Air Pistol Shooting), and Jagpreet Singh (Field Hockey) will also each receive $10,000 ($5,000 directly to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach) to help with things like equipment and travel expenses. Hundreds of past FACE grant recipients have gone on to win medals for Canada at recent Olympic and Paralympic Games