Mark Arendz has been named the best male athlete ©Getty Images

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games gold medallists Mark Arendz and Mollie Jepsen have been named best male and female athlete respectively at the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) Sport Awards.

The two competitors will receive their prizes alongside the other winners at a ceremony due to be held in Calgary on November 15.

The CPC has awarded the team prize to the Canadian Para ice hockey squad after they earned the silver medal in Pyeongchang.

Alexis Guimond has been given the best Paralympic debut by a male award after he clinched bronze in the men’s standing giant slalom event, becoming the first Canadian to win a medal in an Alpine discipline at the Paralympics for 20 years.

Natalie Wilkie, gold medallist in the 7.5 kilometres cross-country standing race, will be given the best Paralympic debut by a female athlete award.

Arendz claimed six nordic skiing medals at Pyeongchang 2018, including gold in the men's 15km standing event.

The 28-year-old also won two silver and three bronze medals at the Winter Paralympics in the South Korean resort in March.

Mollie Jepsen will receive the best female athlete of the year award at the ceremony in Calgary ©Getty Images
Mollie Jepsen will receive the best female athlete of the year award at the ceremony in Calgary ©Getty Images

"It is such an incredible honour to receive this recognition as the male athlete of the year, especially with all of the stellar performances by Canadian Paralympic athletes throughout the year," said Arendz.

Jepsen was a breakout star in Para alpine skiing at Pyeongchang 2018, winning a gold medal in the super combined plus a silver and two bronze.

"I was thrilled to represent Canada at the Games and compete alongside so many amazing athletes," the 18-year-old said. 

"I will never forget listening to the Canadian anthem on the podium with a gold medal around my neck.”

CPC President Marc-André Fabien offered his "huge congratulations" to the recipients of the awards.

"You are all phenomenal ambassadors for sport in Canada and the Paralympic Movement, and we thank you for your commitment to excellence," Fabien said. 

"We look forward to celebrating your many accomplishments in Calgary."