CBC Sports Posted: Mar 03, 2014 9:48 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 06, 2014 4:27 PM ET
Sochi will be Mark Ideson’s first Paralympic Winter Games, which is amazing, given that he only took up the sport in 2010. He says he was inspired by an interview he saw on television with the charismatic Canadian skeleton athlete, Jon
Montgomery, after his historic and memorable victory during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter 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. Luckily for Canada, Ideson chose wheelchair curling and he hasn’t looked back since his first on-ice experience just three short years ago.
Ideson’s journey into wheelchair sports began in 2007 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed in a field near
Cambridge, Ont. As an able-bodied athlete, he 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.
Ideson says, “To be representing Canada at the Paralympics is not something I would’ve ever imagined in my wildest
dreams. I’m honoured to do so and will proudly represent wheelchair curlers across Canada.”
(Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)