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    • A New Bend in the Road: Mark Arendz

      July 11, 2014

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           Mark Arendz is pictured with the Governor General, his excellency David
      Johnston, during the Celebration of Excellence's visit to Rideau Hall.
      (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

      While I had started to train a bit, trying to stay in shape rather than lose everything. I was pleased to get back to Canmore and focus a little bit on my training. Especially to be getting out on the mountain bike. On top of that I was able to dust off my .22 and start some shooting with that again after a lengthy hiatus. It was short-lived, a mere teaser. After two short weeks, I was packing again for yet another event. The Celebration of Excellence, a cross-country tour of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams. The tour started off in Ottawa with Heroes Tour events of school and hospital visits in the Ottawa area. Lunch was a BBQ on Parliament Hill with several MP’s joining us. The athletes and coaches then had the special honour of walking onto the floor of the House of Commons. We were greeted by standing ovation from the MPs and then a proud singing of ‘O Canada’. I was one of the fortunate athletes to be able to attend a reception at the Governor General’s residence. The grounds are beautiful and full of treasured Canadian history.