Quick facts

Birthdate

May 10, 1976

Birthplace

London, ON

Residence

London, ON

Sport

Wheelchair Curling

Experience

Beijing 2022

PyeongChang 2018

Sochi 2014

Mark Ideson made his debut as skip in 2018, leading Canada to a bronze medal in wheelchair curling at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. After a heartbreaking loss to China in the semifinals, which the Chinese won on the last rock of the game, the Ideson-led Canadians came back strong to claim victory against South Korea in the bronze medal game.  

Ideson has maintained his role as skip ever since, including five straight world championships, highlighted by a silver medal in 2020 and 2023.

At the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championships, Ideson played lead as Canada took fifth spot at the tournament. The Canadians advanced to the tiebreaker against eventual champion Norway for a berth in the semifinals, but lost the game 5-4. 

Ideson helped Canada to the gold medal in curling in his Paralympic Games debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games only four years after he took up the sport. 

Ideson’s journey into wheelchair sports began in 2007 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in a field near Cambridge, Ont., leaving him with multiple fractures in his legs, pelvis, sternum, ribs, nose and neck, resulting in a spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. 

As an able-bodied athlete, Ideson was involved with a variety of sports, but in his new life he began to miss the sense of community and belonging. He says he was inspired watching an interview with charismatic Olympic skeleton champion Jon Montgomery during the 2010 Olympic Games. 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. 

A friend had been asking him to try wheelchair curling, and at first, he said no because he originally didn’t want to try any sport he had played prior to his injury, where he could compare his abilities. Luckily, he decided to give it a try. He remembers being concerned he would not have enough strength to propel the curling rock down the ice. Not only did he have enough strength, but he has been hooked ever since and is now one of the world’s best athletes in the sport. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
At the Paralympic Winter Games he won gold in 2014 and bronze in 2018 and 2022… Competed at 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 World Championships…

PERSONAL
Ideson is married to Lara and they have two children… Ideson studied environmental science at the University of Western Ontario, where he met his wife Lara… Through wheelchair curling at a high level, he enjoys the opportunity to create new friendships with people he meets across the globe. 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 World Championships – 2nd

2022 Paralympic Winter Games – 3rd

2021 World Championships – 5th

2020 World Championships – 2nd

2019 World Championships – 10th

2018 Paralympic Games – 3rd

2017 World Championships – 5th

2016 World Championships – 7th

2015 World Championships – 6th 

2014 Paralympic Winter Games – 1st 

2013 World Championships – 1st

Paralympic Medals

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