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Mark Heese

Full name: Mark Heese
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: August 15, 1969 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Oakley/Nokia/Overkill/Zurich Insurance
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Beach Volleyball

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Taking up beach volleyball at the age of 19, Mark Heese was a high school gym teacher before leaving his position to compete full time. He made his international debut in 1992, but had little success until he partnered with John Child in 1995, when he reached the third step on the podium at three international events and was ranked 11th overall in total points. The duo won their first event, and finished 9th overall, in 1996, but these achievements were overshadowed by their performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where beach volleyball made its debut. After reaching the quarter-finals, Heese and Child bested Javier Bosma and Sixto Jiménez of Spain and advanced to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by eventual gold medalists Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes of the United States. The Canadians then overcame Miguel Maia and João Brenha of Portugal to capture bronze, which is, as of 2012, the nation’s only medal in the sport.

Heese and Child were ranked 15th overall over the next three seasons and returned to compete for Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where they were eliminated in the eighth-finals by [Zé Marco] and [Ricardo] of Brazil, the upcoming silver medalists, and finished joint-fifth overall. They had the same result at the 2004 edition, after being defeated by Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain, the eventual runners-up, in the quarter-finals. Child retired in 2006, playing in only three major events in his final two seasons and forcing Heese to find a new teammate. He partnered with Adrien Cadieux and Rich Van Huizen, but never reached the same level of success as he did with Child, although he did win the International Volleyball Federation’s “Most Inspirational Player” award in 2005. He retired in 2007, having won ten Canadian national championships: eight with Child and one each with Cadieux and Van Huizen. As of 2012 he works as a coach, promoter, and motivational speaker.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Men's Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Beach Volleyball Men's Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN 5T
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Men's Beach Volleyball Canada CAN 5T

Men's Beach Volleyball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Final Round Match 3/4 1 1996-07-28 CAN-1 2, POR 0 2
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1996-07-27 USA-1 1, CAN-1 0 0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Round Two Match #2 2 1996-07-24 ESP-1 1, CAN-1 0 0
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Classification Round One Match #7 1 1996-07-24 CAN-1 1, SWE 0 1
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Classification Round Two Match #4 1 1996-07-25 CAN-1 1, CZE 0 1
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Classification Round Three Match #4 1 1996-07-25 CAN-1 1, GER 0 1
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Classification Final 1 Match #2 1 1996-07-26 CAN-1 1, CUB 0 1
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Classification Final 2 Match #2 1 1996-07-26 CAN-1 1, ESP-1 0 1
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 2000-09-24 BRA-1 1, CAN-1 0 0
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Eighth-Finals Match #6 1 2000-09-22 CAN-1 1, RUS 0 1
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Beach Volleyball Canada-1 CAN John Child Round One Match #3 1 2000-09-17 CAN-1 1, FRA 0 1
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Canada CAN John Child Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 2004-08-22 ESP 2, CAN 1 1
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Canada CAN John Child Round One Match #6 1 2004-08-21 CAN 2, ARG 0 2
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Canada CAN John Child Group E Match #1 2 2004-08-14 SUI-2 2, CAN 0 0
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Canada CAN John Child Group E Match #4 1 2004-08-16 CAN 2, USA-2 0 2
2004 Summer 34 Athina Beach Volleyball Canada CAN John Child Group E Match #6 2 2004-08-18 AUS-2 2, CAN 1 1
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