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Record-Setting Paralympian Aims to Inspire Future Athletes

Mark Arendz, a record-setting Paralympian, has his sights set on inspiring future Paralympians.

Arendz is coming off a successful 2018 Paralympics in South Korea, during which he won a gold medal in the men’s 15-kilometer standing biathlon. He also won several bronze medals as well as a silver model in the cross-country mixed relay, and a silver medal in the 7.5-kilometer standing biathlon.

Arendz, 28, lost his left arm when it got caught in the blades of a grain auger when he was 7 years old.

Arendz has been traveling around to talk with young, potential future Paralympians, inspiring them not to give up on competing in sports.

“I just wanted to inspire that dreaming becomes a goal and then they can go chase after that goal,” he told CBC.

He shows them his medals and talks to them about competing.

“I want as many people as I can to hold them and in that moment to be inspired to do whatever they want to do,” he said.