Mark de Jonge


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Mark de Jonge

Olympian: Canoe

Mark began kayaking in 1997 and was hooked on the sport instantly. After two unsuccessful Olympic attempts in 2004 and 2008, completing an engineering degree and working as a full-time Engineer-In-Training for three years, Mark found himself at a crossroads, needing to decide whether to continue his career as an engineer or fully dedicate himself to training for the 2012 Olympics. His passion for kayaking won out and he decided to dedicate himself fully to his Olympic dream. It was a decision that has changed his life. 

At the Olympics, Mark raced to a closely-fought bronze medal result and quickly adapted to his new spot in the public eye, appearing in numerous interviews and public events and speaking professionally about his Olympic experience. 

In addition to training and competing, Mark is active in several other areas. He works as a part-time Engineer-In-Training at Stantec Consulting and sits on the Board of Directors of the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also mentors high-level athletes training for the 2015 Pan American Games as part of the CIBC Team Next program and represents other sponsors under various engagements.  

After finally experiencing Olympic success, Mark has renewed his commitment to training with his eyes on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.