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      April 9, 2014

      Alberta’s 2013 Athletes of the Year include five recent Sochi Olympians and a Paralympian, Mark Arendz!

      “We are so proud of the athletes and teams from this past year,” said John Short, Chairman of the Alberta SportConnection. “Each of the 2013 award winners has enjoyed an outstanding year in his or her sport”.

      The Alberta Sport Connection supports the development of Alberta athletes and coaches by providing funding to 80 provincial sport associations.

      The athletes were honoured at the Alberta Olympic, Paralympic & 2013 Athlete of the Year Salute which took place in Calgary on April 3.

      Open Male Athlete of the Year: Mark Arendz, Para Biathlon and Para Nordic Skiing

      Mark Arendz’s 2013 started with a bang, winning one gold and 2 silver medals in biathlon, and 2 more silver medals in cross country at the International Paralympic Committee World Cup in January. Mark followed that up with a gold and 2 bronze medals at the 2013 World Championships, and completed the 2012/13 season with a bronze in the Sochi World Cup. As a result, Mark found himself on top of the overall biathlon standings, becoming the first Canadian Male in the Para Nordic standing classification to win the coveted Crystal Globe. He also finished 8thin the cross country rankings. Mark was able to compete on home soil in December 2013, winning a gold and silver medal at theWorld Cup in Canmore, Alberta as he prepared to compete at the Paralympics in Sochi. Mark was in Nicaragua, building a school, and unable to join the awards ceremony, however Mark’s brother Menno was in attendance to accept the award on his behalf.


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