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IDESON Mark
Sport Wheelchair Curling
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthParry Sound, CAN
Height1.85 m
Weight 86 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Lara, children Brooklyn and Myles
Residence
London, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Environmental Science - University of Western Ontario: London, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began curling in 2010 at age 33 in Ilderton, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by an interview he saw on television with Canadian skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery. "When Montgomery spoke of taking up a sport that he could excel at and represent Canada on the world stage, I knew that I too needed to find my sport."
Club / Team
Ilderton Curling Club: Canada
Name of coach
Wayne Kiel [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Skip
Handedness
Right
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
Finland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Sochi, RUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Idey (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Hobbies
Spending time with his family, bike riding, stock trading. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
Canadian wheelchair curler Jim Armstrong. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Bobby Orr. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He hides a lucky Canadian one-dollar coin somewhere near the ice surface. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One rock at a time." (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 18 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He was working as a pilot in February 2007 when a test helicopter flight went wrong, with the aircraft crashing into a frozen farm field from a height of over 700 metres. He broke 29 bones, including two in his neck that caused spinal cord damage. Both his legs were broken [his right femur had 17 breaks], his pelvis was fractured in five places and his sternum and nose were cracked. His injuries led to him being diagnosed with quadriplegia. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Team  
3 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012/2013 Team  
6 2014/2015 Team  
7 2015/2016 Team  
5 2016/2017 Team