February 26, 2019
Sport PEI Finalists Senior Male
Senior Male Athlete
of the Year Mark Arendz – Para
Nordic & Biathlon Hartsville’s Mark Arendz competed in his third Paralympic
Games in 2018 and was a dominant force for Canada. The Para Nordic skier took
home six medals – the most medals ever won by a Canadian in a single Paralympic
Winter Games – including one gold, two silver and three bronze. For his
accomplishments, Mark was honored by his nation and asked to be the flag bearer
for the closing ceremonies.
The accomplishments of Mark in 2018 go un-matched in PEI
history. Since returning from the
Paralympics, Mark has seen the province’s only ski pack named in his honour,
and he was named a member of the Order of PEI.
The accolades continued when Mark was named Male Athlete of the Year by
the Canadian Paralympic Committee and 2018 Newsmaker of the year by The
Although his 2018/19 season is still young, Mark has managed
to fit in another cross country Gold at the IPC Nordic World Cup in Finland,
and two silver medals at the same event in Biathlon. He is currently ranked
second in the world by the World Para Nordic Skiing and Biathlon association. Not sure if Mark can top 2018, but he’s up for the challenge.
His successes are now the benchmark he will aim to surpass.
Billy Bridges –
Sledge Hockey As an 18-year veteran of the Canadian Sledge hockey team,
Billy Bridges is one of the greatest Canadian players of all time.
Billy is always a major scoring threat with his 80 mph slap
shot. He has participated in five Paralympic Games where he's twice earned
All-Star accolades and is a four-time World Champion and two-time tournament
MVP Bridges won his third career Paralympic Winter Games medal
in 2018 helping to lead Canada to a silver medal. He was the lone scorer for Team Canada in
their overtime loss to the United States.
Billy was also one of the top point scorers of the tournament with 10
points, 6 goals and 4 assists.
The City of Summerside named a new accessible playground the
Billy Bridges Park to honour the sledge hockey player. The revamped park will
feature equipment that is inclusive to all children of any ability. Now a father to Kensi, Billy looks forward
to having a park where he can do all the things that he loved to do when I was
a kid with her.
Brett Gallant –
Curling Brett Gallant enjoyed another outstanding year with Team
The team finished the 2017/18 season ranked 1st in the
country and enjoyed a second straight Canadian Men’s Curling Championship at
the Brier with a 6-4 win over Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher. Brett was named a First Team All Star during
Team Gushue came up just short of repeating as World Men’s
Curling Champions settling for a silver against Team Sweden.
Now starting the new four-year cycle, Brett Gallant has one
major accomplishment in mind and its representing Canada at the 2022 Olympic