Mark Pearson has more than 175 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 then United States in overtime in the final to win the gold medal and qualify for the 2010 FIH World Cup. Pearson has competed in three Commonwealth Games as well as the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara where Canada won silver. He has played club hockey in both Belgium and Germany.
Family: Parents Ian and Geri… Younger sisters Vickie, Rachelle, Vanessa… 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… Outside Interests: Expects to graduate from the Johan Cruyff Institute in August 2015 with his Masters in Sports Management… Enjoys playing fantasy football, golfing, fishing, tennis… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Practice makes perfect”… 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… Nicknames: Marky, Pearso…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2008 – 10th
PAG: 2011 – SILVER
CWG: 2014 – 6th; 2010 – 7th; 2006 – 8th
FIH WCup: 2010 – 11th
PACup: 2013 – SILVER; 2009 – GOLD