Since Mark Foster burst onto the International swimming scene at the age of 16, representing England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he has gone on to represent his country more times and been decorated more than any other male swimmer.
Throughout his impressive three-decade career he has won 51 international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times world champion, 2 times Commonwealth champion, 11 times European champion and 8 times World record holder. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. He is passionate about fitness and well-being and, in particular, encouraging children to learn to swim through the Mark Foster Swimming Academy (MFSA).
Since retiring from competitive swimming in 2008, Mark has become a familiar face on television, most notably starring in BBC 1’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as a BBC pundit commentating on the London Olympics 2012 and forming an award-winning partnership with Claire Balding. Since then he has been a regular studio pundit for the Commonwealth and World Swimming Championships in 2013/2014/ 2015 and last year he was part of the popular commentating team at the Rio Olympics alongside Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton.
Outside of media appearances, Mark is also a model and an ambassador for the British designer Ted Baker and has inspired a specific T for Tall men’s clothing range available online and in Ted Baker stores across the world.
Mark has also become a much sought-after motivational speaker who uses his experiences as an athlete and world champion to inspire businesses, staff teams and diverse audiences across a wide range of industries on how to motivate staff and improve performance.
More recently, Mark has discussed his sexuality publicly for the first time and reflected on how his reluctance to be open about being gay with colleagues and coaches may have impacted on his professional performance and general well being. Mark now uses this experience to motivate businesses and organisations and impress on them how important it is to have open and inclusive Diversity Strategies in place, in order to get the best from staff teams and improve their commitment and performance.
Mark helped us launch our campaign to cut Britain’s hot water usage and was an inspiring and engaging speaker. He was very easy to work with and went the extra mile to make sure that he completely understood the campaign before the speech on the day and by using the products in his home. He made sure that all of our key messages were included in an entertaining and interactive speech. We have no hesitation in recommending him and would love to work with him again in the future.
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