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Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty, left, and Tourism Minister Robert Henderson, right, admire Mark Arendz’s two paralympic medals. The province announced on Wednesday that a new sign will be erected identifying the nordic centre in Brookvale as Arendz’s home training facility.
Paralympics double medalist and biathlete Mark Arendz will be honoured by his home training facility, Brookvale Nordic Centre, at a ceremony to open the 2015 ski season, the province announced on Wednesday.
Arendz won two medals – silver and bronze – at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. He is also the reigning world cup champion in the 7.5-kilometre sprint and finished in the top 10 at two events at the Vancouver Paralympics in 2010. He was the first Islander to medal in biathlon at the national championships.
“Mark’s achievements are just tremendous and they give all Islanders reason to be proud,” said Community Services Minister Valerie Docherty.
“To honour his inspiring performances at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics, we will hold a naming ceremony at the opening of the season at Brookvale that will see a new sign erected identifying the Nordic centre as Mark’s home training facility and will see one of its biathlon trails named after him. This will serve as a lasting recognition of Mark’s incredible accomplishments.”
Arendz lost his left arm to the elbow in a farming accident when he was seven years old.
“We are very happy to be able to honour Mark’s accomplishments by naming the trail after him,” said Tourism Minister Robert Henderson. “And by identifying Brookvale as Mark’s home training facility on the front sign, Islanders will be reminded about his achievements for years to come. I am sure that Mark’s accomplishments will serve to inspire Islanders to become more active and enjoy all that Brookvale has to offer.”