Mark Arendz

Sportbrand Canada Inc

The friendly six-foot-three biathlete and cross-country skier from P.E.I. was Canada’s individual star at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, winning a record setting six medals (one gold, two silver and three bronze) in Para-nordic skiing. He was selected Canada’s flag bearer on behalf of Canada’s most successful winter Paralympic team ever at the Closing Ceremony. Being competitive by nature, Mark took a liking to sports at a very young age. He began cross country skiing in the backyard when I was about five years old. Mark lost his left arm above the elbow in a Farm accident at age seven when he toppled into a grain auger. While the accident was initially a major shock, it did not deter him from pursuing his love of sport and competition and he started his competitive cross country skiing career with a ski prosthetic in able-bodied events. Mark’s interest turned towards Biathlon after watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, after which he decided to give it a try.