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Petro-Canada Brings Olympians' Families to Games

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Through Petro-Canada's Canadian Athlete Family Program, approximately 500 family members of Canada's Olympian athletes have the opportunity to watch their loved ones compete for gold live from the sidelines.

"Family support can be crucial to an athlete's success, yet the cost of accommodations and the availability of event tickets often means family members have to support their loved ones from miles away," Steven Keith, director of Olympic Activation for Petro-Canada, said in a statement. "This program allows athletes to focus on their performance without the distraction and stress of worrying about their families during the games".

Parents, siblings and significant others from British Columbia to Nova Scotia will participate in Petro-Canada's Athlete Family Program, which provides each family member with four nights accommodation, meals in a private hospitality suite, ground transportation and event tickets to their loved ones' Olympic and Paralympic events, according to the company.

The program also provides family members with red and white jackets, toques, scarves and backpacks.

Petro-Canada, a petroleum marketer and convenience store subsidiary of Suncor Energy, has a 22-year history of supporting Canadian athletes, and is a National Partner and the Official Oil and Gas Sponsor of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the company stated. Through the sponsorship, the company will fuel all Vancouver 2010 fleet and motor coach vehicles. Petro-Canada also provides funding for 50 pre-carded athlete and coach pairs through a program called 'Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence' (FACE).

"Competing in the Olympic Winter Games has always been our son's biggest dream. It is such a relief to know that my wife and I will be able to go to Vancouver to watch Patrick compete without having to worry about accommodations and making sure we secure tickets to his events," said Lewis Chan, father of Canadian figure skater, Patrick Chan. "Petro-Canada's Athlete Family Program is giving our family the chance to watch Patrick's dream come true, and we couldn't be more grateful."

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