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ARENDZ Mark
Sport Biathlon, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthCharlottetown, CAN
Height1.93 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canmore, AB, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Calgary: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age five, and began competing in 2003 with the use of a ski prosthetic and racing in able-bodied competitions.
Why this sport?
He became interested in biathlon after watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and likes the challenge of balancing endurance and power, precision and adaptation in the same race. "It is a sport where on the rare occasion you can triumph with an excellent performance in one or the other, but usually, you need to perform both on the tracks and the range to succeed. Though I know I may never achieve it, I wake up each morning excited to attempt to achieve the perfect biathlon race."
Club / Team
Rocky Mountain Racers: Canada
Name of coach
Robin McKeever [national], CAN; Kaspar Wirz [national], SUI; John Jacques [national]
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Canadian runner Terry Fox. "His attitude to not give up no matter what obstacles stood in his way can only be described as heroic. He took a great tragedy of losing his leg and changed the world." (canadianathletesnow.ca, 15 Aug 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to kick the tiger in his ass you'd better have a plan for dealing with his teeth." [Tom Clancy] (canadianathletesnow.ca, 15 Aug 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2014 a ski trail in Brookvale, PE, Canada, was renamed 'Mark's A2Z Trail' in his honour. (theguardian.pe.ca, 19 Dec 2014; cbc.ca, 19 Dec 2014)

He was named 2014 Senior Male Athlete of the Year in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He also received the Lieutenant Governor's Award. (portpei.pe.ca, 09 Feb 2015)

He was named 2013 Senior Male Athlete of the Year in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He also received the Bill Halpenny Award and the Lieutenant Governor's Award. (portpei.pe.ca, 11 Apr 2014)

He was named 2013 Open Male Athlete of the Year in Alberta, Canada. (cccski.com, 09 Apr 2014)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Menno has competed in biathlon and triathlon at the Canada Games. (rockymountainracers.com, 20 May 2015; theguardian.pe.ca, 03 May 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 24 Sep 2015)
Impairment
At age seven he was involved in a farm accident which resulted in the amputation of his left arm above the elbow. He was attempting to put corn into a corn auger and lost his balance. "I shot my arms forward, my arm got stuck between the blades. Within a second it had my arm up to the shoulder." (intaward.org, 19 Nov 2012; cccski.com, 14 Mar 2010)
Other information
DRIVE TO SUCCEED
He says losing his arm at age seven has changed his life for the better. "Little did I know, but I now believe, that moment right then is when a spark went off. A spark that ignited my willingness to accept the challenges to come and my vow to overcome them. It's what drives me to achieve more, accomplish greater things and push harder, but mostly importantly to show others my abilities, not my disability." (cbc.ca, 02 Mar 2017)

SUMMER SPORT CONSIDERATION
He has considered competing in a summer sport at elite level, but is yet to decide which one. "The first one that comes to mind is competitive shooting, 10m air rifle, perhaps, even pistol. If mountain biking were to get into the Paralympic schedule, I would consider that as well." (biathon23.wordpress.com, 04 Feb 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2014 he worked with charitable organisation SchoolBOX in Nicaragua, where he helped build a school for a community that had been affected by a landslide. (theguardian.pe.ca, 03 May 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
16 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 42:34.8
2 2014 7.5km Sprint - Standing 20:02.5
3 2014 12.5km Middle - Standing 31:47.3
11 2014 15km Individual - Standing 40:10.6
2 2018 7.5km Sprint - Standing 19:24.1
3 2018 12.5km Middle - Standing 37:48.1
1 2018 15km Individual - Standing 45:07.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
  2010 20km Freestyle - Standing  DNS
12 2010 10km Classic Style - Standing 32:42.4
7 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 43:52.0
9 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
11 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 26:19.6
3 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:20.8
3 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 27:10.1
2 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:21.9
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
13 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 45:53.1
4 2010/2011 3km Pursuit - Standing 10:44.2
6 2010/2011 7.5km Sprint - Standing 23:00.5
4 2010/2011 12.5km Individual - Standing 41:55.9
1 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Standing 22:04.7
3 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Standing 39:13.4
3 2012/2013 15km Individual - Standing 40:54.7
6 2014/2015 7.5km Sprint - Standing 20:00.4
5 2014/2015 12.5km Middle - Standing 34:04.1
11 2014/2015 15km Individual - Standing 44:18.9
1 2016/2017 12.5km Middle - Standing 30:39.3
2 2016/2017 15km Individual - Standing 39:21.9
1 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Standing 18:30.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
20 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 31:27.3
18 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
10 2010/2011 20km - Standing 1:01:33.1
12 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
7 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:41.9
4 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:55.2
4 2014/2015 10km - Standing 26:23.5
3 2016/2017 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 24:53.4
5 2016/2017 20km - Standing 59:34.4
3 2016/2017 10km - Standing 23:08.9