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Field hockey player points in celebration

Mark Pearson

Biography

Mark Pearson has more than 260 senior national team caps since making his debut in 2005. At just 21-years-old, he was the youngest member of the Canadian field hockey team at Beijing 2008. Another major highlight came at the 2009 Pan American Cup where Canada beat Argentina in overtime in the semifinal and then the United States in overtime in the final to win the gold medal and qualify for the 2010 FIH World Cup. Pearson helped Canada win back-to-back silver medals at the Pan Am Games in 2011 (Guadalajara) and 2015 (Toronto), scoring two goals in the latter tournament. Just a few weeks before those home Pan Am Games, Pearson scored twice in the quarterfinal shootout victory over New Zealand in the FIH World League Semifinals which would end up qualifying the team for Rio 2016. In his second Olympic appearance he started all five of Canada’s games, scoring one goal. He has also competed in four Commonwealth Games and made his second FIH World Cup appearance in 2018 where he led the team in scoring. Pearson has played club hockey in both Belgium and Germany.

A Little More About Mark

Getting into the Sport: Started playing field hockey at age 8… His parents had met at a field hockey club in Vancouver and he was always around a pitch growing up… Drawn to the sport because it combined aspects of two of his favourite sports growing up, ice hockey and soccer. ‘To be successful in our sport you need the stick skills of an ice hockey player and the strength, endurance and spatial awareness of a soccer player’… Has wanted to compete for Canada ever since watching Dovovan Bailey win gold at the 1996 Olympics. Can still remember where he was and who he was with when it happened… Outside Interests: Graduated from the Johan Cruyff Institute in August 2015 with his Masters in Sports Management. Has a BA in History from UBC…Works as a project manager at a sport tech startup… Enjoys playing fantasy football, golfing, fishing, tennis, hiking, podcasting… Affiliated with Kidsport BC, attending events to help raise money for different chapters in lower mainland BC… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Potential only transforms through discipline”… Pre-game ritual includes taping three white stripes on his stick just below the grip… Role model is former teammate, captain, and fellow Tsawwassenite Rob Short. When Smythe first made the National Team, Short offered a ton of advice and support… Nicknames: Marky, Pearso… Has a cousin on the Great Britain field hockey team… Collects coffee beans from international competitions…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2008 Beijing Field HockeyMen10
2016 RioField HockeyMen 11

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 11th; 2008 - 10th

Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER; 2015 - SILVER; 2011 - SILVER

Commonwealth Games: 2018 - 8th; 2014 - 6th; 2010 - 7th; 2006 - 8th

FIH World Cup: 2018 - 11th; 2010 - 11th

FIH World League: 2017 - 10th; 2015 - 8th; 2013 - 18th

PAHF Pan American Cup: 2013 - SILVER; 2009 - GOLD