Olympic Gold Medalist | Chef de Mission, 2012 Summer Olympic Game | Humanitarian
Mark Tewksbury is a true icon—recognized for his achievements in sport, public speaking, and humanitarianism. A sought after personality, Mark has spent decades sharing his life experience with audiences around the world. He is a charismatic storyteller whose presentations impart energy, insight, and valuable lessons.
Mark first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water to gold medal victory at the Barcelona Olympics, and who also boasts silver and bronze Olympic medals to his credit. He has even graced the cover of Time magazine, and been inducted into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, and International Swimming Halls of Fame.
While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mark’s remarkable life post-Olympics has truly defined him. Along with his international speaking career, Mark has hosted television shows, authored three books, and performed workshops around the world. He has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances; was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City; and was the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team competing in London.
Mark sits on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Canada; is the National Ambassador for CANFAR’s Legacy Group; and is a global leader on LGBT sport issues. He is the co-founder of Great Traits, a professional development company focused on achievement, leadership, and legacy.
For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism, Mark has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary.
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