Mark de Jonge (CAN)

Mark de Jonge (CAN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
15 February 1984
180 cm
87 kg
Marital status
Halifax, NS, CAN
Athlete, Engineer
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Dalhousie University: Halifax, NS, CAN


General Interest

Mucka (, 10 Aug 2014)
Hiking, outdoors activities. (, 10 Aug 2014)
In 2012 he broke a finger while training in the gym. (, 22 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is how you show up at the showdown that counts." [Homer Norton] (, 10 Aug 2014)
Other information
He believes his failure to qualify for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games was due to him combining training with holding down a full-time job as an engineer and studying for an engineering degree. "I found that to be a bit of a challenge, especially with all of the travelling. I was going away for a month at a time while trying to learn some pretty hard material. It was a big challenge." He stepped back from the sport after failing to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games, but made a comeback in 2011. (, 14 Jul 2015;, 27 Feb 2016)

He used his engineering skills to improve his training ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. Some of his strategies include measuring stroke rates and expended power in the water, charting gym workouts and using a computer to measure his focus levels. "One of the great things about engineering is that it teaches you to solve problems and to think critically. [After getting my engineering degree] I've been a lot more deliberate and serious about my approach." (, 20 Aug 2015)

He has served on the board of directors of the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax, NS, Canada. He was also a mentor for a number of athletes in the lead-up to the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada, as part of a programme led by a Canadian bank. (, 22 Jan 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age 13 at Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax, NS, Canada.
Why this sport?
His parents registered him with the Maskwa Aquatic Club so he could meet more children his own age.
Club / Team
Maskwa Aquatic Club: Halifax, NS, CAN
Name of coach
Frederic Jobin [personal]
Training Regime
He trains in Florida in the winter months and moves back to Canada in May when the local season starts.


Olympic GamesK1 200mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro20 August 20162016Men36.0807Latest resultBest result
Olympic GamesK1 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012Men36.6573Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men34.8021Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men33.9611Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men2:27.7517Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men34.6742Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men2:28.8756Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men35.5146Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men2:26.7275Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men39.05913Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 200mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men31.3216Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men2:30.4485Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Men7Latest resultBest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men2Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak1 September 20132013Men6Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Men8Best result