Olympic Beach Volleyball Medalist
Mark Heese has travelled the world as a full-time beach volleyball professional, representing Canada at over 200 international tournaments, including three Olympic Games. His unique approach to competition and high performance allowed him to cultivate a personal belief system that not only helped him become the most accomplished beach volleyball player in Canada, but also one of the best in the world. Heese’s many Olympic experiences and solid understanding of what it takes to push limits and greatness makes him a unique and memorable storyteller for every audience he addresses.
Together with his long-time teammate, John Child, Heese has accomplished many firsts for Canadian beach volleyball. He brought home Canada’s first ever bronze medal in volleyball at the inaugural beach volleyball Olympic event in the 1996 Atlanta Games; he won Canada’s first FIVB International World Tour gold medal in Berlin 1996; and he also won silver medals at two World Tour events in 2000, and 2002. Heese has amassed over 40 top-five finishes on the FIVB World Tour, with 16 podium finishes, and an amazing 10 National Championships to his credit.
Heese not only broke height barriers in his sport, but also age barriers, competing on the tour until the age of 38. His inspirational play won his peers over, and they voted him the winner of the 2005 Most Inspirational Player Award.
Since retiring from competition in 2008, Heese has taken his commitment to excellence and applied it to his new project, Maximum Reach. This project includes personal coaching, corporate beach events, keynote speaking, and beach volleyball events and clinics.