Mark Ideson helped Canada to the gold medal in curling in his Paralympic Games debut at the 2014 Sochi Games only four years after he took up the sport. He says he was inspired to be a curler after he saw an interview on television with charismatic skeleton Olympic champion Jon Montgomery. When Montgomery spoke of taking up a sport that he could excel at and represent Canada on the world stage, Ideson knew that he too needed to find his sport. Luckily for Canada, Ideson chose wheelchair curling and he hasn’t looked back since his first on-ice experience.
Ideson’s journey into wheelchair sports began in 2007 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in a field near Cambridge, Ontario leaving him with multiple injuries. As an able-bodied athlete, Ideson was involved with a variety of team sports, but in his new life he began to miss the sense of community and belonging. Parasports and in particular, wheelchair curling, are once again giving him the pleasure of being part of a team and competing at a high level. He enjoys the opportunity to create new friendships with people he meets across the globe and he also enjoys the challenges of the game.
Just prior to going to Sochi, Ideson said, “To be representing Canada at the Paralympics is not something I would’ve ever imagined in my wildest dreams. I’m honored to do so.”
1st 2014 Paralympic Winter Games (Sochi, Russia) …1st 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championships (Sochi, Russia)... 1st 2012 Ontario Provincial Wheelchair Curling Championship… 3rd 2012 Canadian National Wheelchair Curling Championship.
Canada won gold at the 2014, 2010 and 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.
FAMILY: Ideson is married to Lara and has two young children, Brooklyn and Myles
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Ideson was asked by a friend to give wheelchair curling a try around the time of the 2010 Olympics. He remembers being concerned that he would not have enough strength to propel the curling rock down the ice, but he did and has been addicted to the game ever since.
ODDS AND ENDS: Ideson studied environmental science at the University of Western Ontario where he was lucky enough to meet his wife Lara, who has been his constant companion through his lowest moments and highest achievements.
Before his accident, Ideson played hockey, was an avid golfer and competed in long drive competitions.
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2014 Sochi Paralympics
Wheelchair Curling - Mixed