Since Mark Foster burst onto the international swimming scene at the age of 16 and represented England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he went on to represent his country many more times and is more decorated than any other English male swimmer.
Throughout Mark’s impressive 30-year career, he won 51 international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, became a 6-time World Champion, 2-time Commonwealth Champion, 11-time European Champion and 8-time World Record Holder. Also, he was 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.