Role: Head Coach Athlete Development, Women’s Canoe National Team Coach
Hometown: Lachine, QC
Residence: Léry, QC
First year coaching the Canadian National Team: 1989
Clubs: Lachine & Onake Paddling Clubs
Mark Granger has been an important part of Canada’s national coaching team for over 20 years. He acted as Team Leader for CKC’s team at the London 2012 Olympic Games before stepping into his coaching role in Paracanoe and more recently as Head Coach Athlete Development and Women’s Canoe National Team Coach.
Mark grew up in Châteauguay, Québec and won gold medals at both the National Championships and the Canada Games. He has played a key role in revitalizing the Onake Paddling Club and increasing interest in the sport among Aboriginal youth. He taught Physical Education in Kahnawake, Québec from 1992 to 1998 after completing his degree at Concordia University.
Mark was Quebec’s provincial team coach from 1985 to 1998, and his national coaching experience dates back to his role as Head Coach of the 1989 Junior World Championship Team. Mark has been awarded multiple Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Awards, which recognize coaches whose athletes excel at World Championships, Olympic/Paralympics or Special Olympics. He has coached every discipline, including paracanoe, at the international level and has also coached at numerous Canada Games, World Cups, Junior/U23 World Championships, Senior World Championships, Pan American Games and 5 Olympic Games.
Personal International Results:
Pan Am Championships Gold medalist