Mark Tewksbury

December 18, 2018 by Speakers' Spotlight

Canada’s First Openly Gay Olympian Mark Tewksbury Stars in One-Man Show

CBC News sat down with Olympic Gold medalist Mark Tewksbury to talk about his one-man show 50 & Counting, which he performed this past weekend at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. A true icon, Mark first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics, and became a household name after publicly coming out and becoming Canada’s first gay Olympian.

Mark created his show to commemorate his 20-year “coming out” anniversary. At the time, it made front-page news and created tabloid fodder in an era unaccustomed to having LGBT sport role-models. Through his show, he examined the change in the landscape of self and society, and explored the notions of pride, social justice, home, and fame.

Watch Mark’s intimate interview with CBC News and learn what “coming out” meant to him and how being told he was “too gay” sent him on a life-changing journey.

A sought after personality, Mark Tewksbury 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.

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