Mark Arendz had a promising start to the season. The Canadian won gold in the men’s cross-country middle distance standing at the World Cup in Vuokatti, Finland. He also claimed two silvers and one bronze in biathlon.
It was his return to competition after a superb performance at PyeongChang 2018, where he became the first Canadian to win six medals overall at a single edition of the Winter Paralympics.
Arendz won his maiden Winter Paralympic title in the biathlon long distance. The Nordic skier went on to seal silver in the biathlon sprint and cross-country mixed relay; and bronze in the biathlon middle distance, and cross-country middle distance and sprint races.
Before that, Arendz celebrated two golds, one silver and one bronze at Finsterau 2017, his best performance at a World Championships. He was the fastest in both the biathlon middle distance and sprint events.
He also finished second in the 2016-2017 Biathlon World Cup overall rankings.
Arendz has competed at two other Paralympic Winter Games: Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, where he won one silver and one bronze in biathlon. He was also named 2014 Senior Male Athlete of the Year in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
He first tried skiing at age five. Two years later, 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.
Arendz still continued practising the sport, even taking part in able-bodied skiing competitions. After watching the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Games, he became especially interested in biathlon.
He developed a deep sense of community after neighbouring farmers, friends and strangers from his hometown helped his family while he was recovering from the amputation of his arm following his accident.
"After my accident, I quickly witnessed how a community comes together through a traumatic time. Since then I have always been driven to give back to that community.”
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.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2018 Brookvale Provincial Park in Prince Edward Island, Canada, was named after him. (paralympic.org, 06 Dec 2018)
He was named Best Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 by the Canadian Paralympic Committee. (newswire.ca, 30 Oct 2018)
He was Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (cbc.ca, 03 Jun 2018)
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)
He developed a deep sense of community after neighbouring farmers, friends and strangers from his hometown of Hartsville, PE, Canada, helped his family while he was recovering from the amputation of his arm following his accident. "After my accident, I quickly witnessed how a community comes together through a traumatic time. Since then I have always been driven to give back to that community. More recently I understood that the pride I give the community for my success is one of the greatest things I can pass along. To return home and share my experiences and the Paralympic medals is something special. It is one of the reasons I enjoy what I do." (paralympic.org, 06 Dec 2018; theguardian.pe.ca, 06 Jul 2018)
By claiming six medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he became the first Canadian athlete to win more than five medals at a single edition of the Paralympic Winter Games. (cbc.ca, 03 Jun 2018)
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. He has also been ambassador of social organisations such as KidSport and War Amps in Canada. (theguardian.pe.ca, 03 May 2014, 06 Jul 2018)
|Men's 12.5 km Individual Standing||Final Round||16|
|Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing||Qualification||7|
|Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing||Final Round||7|
|Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open||Final Round||7|
|Men's 20 km Standing||Final Round||9999|
|Men's 1 km Sprint Standing||Qualification||9|
|Men's 10 km Standing||Final Round||12|
|Men's Sprint - Classic Standing||Final||2013-02-25||12|
|Men's Short Distance Standing||Final||2013-02-28||1|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2013-03-01||3|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Final||2013-03-03||3|
|Men's 7.5 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-08||2|
|Men's 12.5 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-11||3|
|Men's 15 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-14||11|
|Men's 10 km Standing||Final Round||2014-03-16||11|
|Men's Short Distance Standing||Race 1||2015-01-24||6|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Race 1||2015-01-27||5|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Race 1||2015-01-30||11|
|Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing||Race 1||2015-01-31||4|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2017-02-11||1|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Final||2017-02-14||2|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2017-02-16||5|
|Men's Sprint Standing||Final||2017-02-18||1|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2017-02-19||3|
|Men's 7.5km Standing||Final||2018-03-10||2|
|Men's 12.5km Standing||Final||2018-03-13||3|
|Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing||Final||2018-03-14||3|
|Men's 15km Standing||Final||2018-03-16||1|
|Men's 10km Classic Standing||Final||2018-03-17||3|
|4x2.5km Mixed Relay||Final||2018-03-18||2|
|Men's Middle Distance Standing||Final||2019-02-16||3|
|Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing||Final||2019-02-17||2|
|Men's Sprint Standing||Final||2019-02-20||3|
|Men's Long Distance Standing||Final||2019-02-21||2|
|Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing||Final||2019-02-24||2|