Mark Beggs

Mark Beggs was the first Canadian athlete to compete in the hand cycling event when it made its debut at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. London will be Beggs’ third Paralympic Games. He was tenth in the hand cycling road race at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, just a year after winning the gold medal at the Pan Am Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Always a great sport enthusiast, Beggs was involved in a car accident in 1999 which left him a paraplegic. Undeterred, he pursued a career in para-cycling and has emerged among the best in the world in his sport. He says para-cycling has given him an opportunity to pursue a sport he loves, enabling him to improve his fitness and push himself to the limit. It has allowed him to achieve his ultimate dream of participating at the Paralympic Games.

The most influential person in his sporting career is wheelchair racing trailblazer André Viger.

Beggs has a twin brother and was born in a leap year on February 29.

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Road Race - Men 10
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Men 11
2012 London Paralympics Cycling - Road Team Relay - Mixed 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Cycling - Road Road Race - Men 11
2008 Beijing Paralympics Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Men 10
2004 Athens Paralympics Cycling - Road Individual Time Trial - Men 12