Mark Arendz was Canada's individual star at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He won six medals (one gold, two silver and three bronze) in Para nordic skiing. He was Canada's flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.
Already with a stellar career under his belt, Arendz also sparkled at the 2017 Para-Nordic World Championships in Finsterau, Germany in February 2017, earning five medals. He won three in the biathlon: gold in the 12.5 kilometre and 7.5 kilometre standing and silver in the 15 kilometre; in addition he won two more in cross country: bronze in the 10 kilometre and 4x2.5-kilometre relay. It was a first-ever worlds medal for Canada in the relay. Arendz was shut out of the medals at the previous worlds in 2015.
Arendz was one of Canada’s busiest athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He competed in five events (two cross country and three biathlon events). He earned two medals in biathlon with silver in the 7.5 kilometre standing and bronze in the 12.5 kilometre standing. Arendz’s silver was Canada’s best-ever result in biathlon at the Games. He just missed a third trip to the podium, placing fourth in the 4x2.5 kilometre relay in cross country skiing.
Arendz entered the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games as the reigning World Cup biathlon champion and the world champion in the 7.5 km biathlon sprint.
He was also a member of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic team and has continued to rise in the international standings ever since. He produced a breakthrough season in 2010-11, ranking second overall in the IPC World Cup standings, collecting three gold, two silver and a bronze. He showed in 2011-2012 that season was no fluke, earning two gold, two silver and two bronze on the World Cup, which again, ranked him second overall.
In 2012-13, Arendz captured his first career IPC Biathlon World Cup Crystal Globe. He earned four podium finishes on the circuit, in addition to racking up three World Championship medals including his first victory at the worlds.
In 2014, he volunteered for SchoolBox and that spring travelled as a member of the non-profit group to Nicaragua to help build a school for a community ravaged by landslides.