Mark Foster burst onto the International swimming scene, at the age of 16, representing England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He went on to represent his country for 23 years and became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer. Throughout his remarkable career, he has won 47 major international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times World Champion, 11 times European champion, 2 times Commonwealth champion and broke the World Record 8 times. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Since retiring from swimming, Mark has become a familiar face on television and his award winning partnership with Clare Balding from the aquatics centre during the Olympics in 2012, made him a household name. More recently, Mark co-hosted the BBC coverage of the World Swimming Championships from Barcelona with Gabby Logan.
To add to Mark’s TV appearances, he has been a regular participant on Countdown, Question of Sport, Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Masterchef as well as a host of other charity shows and campaigns.
In 2008, Mark entered ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on series six and took part in the live tour in 2012. Mark’s appearance on Strictly transformed his image in the public eye from dedicated athlete to someone with a big personality, a great sense of humour and unafraid to take on new challenges way outside of his comfort zone. Mark has since teamed up with Strictly professionals, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite to form Fitsteps. This dance/fitness programme fuses the graceful steps of ballroom with the up-tempo steps of Latin to create a fun, energetic and effective way to keep fit. Fitsteps will be officially launched in 2014.
Mark works closely with British Gas, the principal partner of British Swimming, as a brand ambassador for ‘Swim Britain’ an initiative to get the nation fitter and healthier by inspiring 500,000 people to swim more often by 2015.
Mark is a long-term brand ambassador for “Wellman” nutritional products and is passionate about fitness and promoting healthy lifestyles. Mark is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post on current sporting and lifestyle issues.
Mark lends his support to a number of charities and has a passion for social justice. He is a patron of The Anaphylaxis Campaign, the UK charity for people with severe allergies and works closely with the children’s charity, WellChild. He supports the International Children’s Trust as well as the Dogs trust and Battersea Dogs Home.
Mark’s post swimming career has seen him reinvent himself as a successful motivational speaker and is now one of the most popular speakers on the circuit. His ability to talk to a variety of audiences about a wide range of subjects, makes him a highly sought after guest speaker.
Competing for 23 years at the highest level of his sport has taught Mark many invaluable lessons about how to build and maintaina successful career. He has translated these lessons into motivational talks and interventions that are transferable to the business management environment.
- Mark’s portfolio covers;
- Discipline and Training
- Mind Set and being prepared
- Partnerships and Team work; strengths and weaknesses in the team environment
- Peak performance
- Goal setting and delivery
- Learning from mistakes and dealing with setbacks
- Working outside you comfort zone
Recently Mark has teamed up with Business management consultant Jim Reese and together they have a series of management interventions and techniques called the Long and the Short of it.
- 6 times World Champion
- 8 times World Record holder
- Flag bearer for Team GB at 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Blogger – Huffington Post
- Co-host of the BBC coverage of the World Swimming Championships 2013
- Co-host of the Olympic Swimming in London 2012
- British Gas ‘Swim Britain’ Ambassador
- Wellman Brand Ambassador
- Co-founder of the Fitsteps programme
- Popular and successful motivational speaker
- Over 61,000 Twitter followers
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