Mark Ideson

Mark Ideson (born April 10, 1976 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a Canadian wheelchair curler who competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi and won gold. He is married and has 2 children. He now resides in London, Ontario. In 2007, the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a field near Cambridge, Ontario and he now lives with quadriplegia.[1] He played hockey and golf before he was disabled.[2]

Mark Ideson
Personal information
Born (1976-04-10) April 10, 1976 (age 45)
Parry Sound, Ontario
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb)


Ideson is married and has 2 children, a 15-year-old daughter and a 11-year-old son. He went to the University of Western Ontario. He studied environmental Science there with his future wife, Lara.[2] He was also a former Mustangs Cheerleader. After graduating university, he became a helicopter pilot and was introduced to wheelchair curling in 2010 at the age of 33.


In 2007, during a maintenance flight, his helicopter crashed into a field near Cambridge, Ontario. He broke 29 bones during the process.[3] 500 metres away, Daniel Hermann, an eight-year-old boy saw this and went to his mother to call 9-1-1. The ambulance arrived shortly after within 20 minutes. Ideson said "I had rehearsed for seven years what I was going to say to a kid that essentially saved my life. I could never really put it to words."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Curler Mark Ideson credits an 8-year-old boy for his life and ability to compete at the Paralympics in Curling". Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mark Ideson | Canadian Paralympic Committee". Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Former Mustangs cheerleader Mark Ideson wins gold at Paralympics". Retrieved 8 August 2014.

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