Mark de Jonge

Birthdate: February 15th, 1984
Hometown: Halifax, NS
Residence: Halifax, NS
Canoe Club: Maskwa Aquatic Club
Sport: Men's Kayak


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When Mark de Jonge’s family moved from Calgary to Halifax in 1997, they signed him up at Maskwa Aquatic Club to help him make friends in his new community. It was a start to many long friendships and a very successful paddling career. He won his first national titles in 1999 and went on to win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2013 he topped the World Cup podium in K1 200 and won a silver medal at the World Championships, just 0.03 of a second from victory.



After narrowly missing the Olympic team in 2004 and 2008, Mark briefly retired from the sport to focus on his engineering career with Stantec Consulting. The addition of Mark’s best event, the K1 200 metre, in the Olympic programme brought him for another shot at his dream.


In 2011, Mark de Jonge’s paddling career was heating up again as he reached the podium at a World Cup and qualified Canada’s Olympic quota spot in the K1 200 with a sixth place result at World Championships. Everything was on track until Mark dropped an 80 pound dumbbell on his finger in April 2012 and was unable to paddle for several weeks. After sitting out of World Cup competitions, Mark came back to qualify for the Canadian Olympic Team by winning National Team Trials in a time faster than ever recorded in international competition. He won an Olympic bronze medal in London seven weeks later. 

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2013 World Championships (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 – Silver

2013 World Cup 3 (Poznan, Poland) K1 200 – Gold

2012 Olympic Games (London) K1 200 – Bronze

2011 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K1 200 - 6th

2011 World Cup 2 (Racice, Czech Republic) K1 200 – 4th

2011 World Cup 3 (Duisburg, Germany) K1 200 - Bronze

2009 World Championships (Dartmouth, Canada) K1 4x200m relay - 5th, K4 200m - 6th, K1 200m - 13th

2007 Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) K-4 1000m - Silver

2006 World Championships (Szeged, Hungary) K-4 500m, K-2 1000m

2005 World Championships (Zagreb, Germany) K-2 1000m

2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo) – K1 500 – Bronze 

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