Mark Tewksbury

Canadian Olympic Champion Swimmer

Mark Tewksbury first came to prominence as the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics; an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals, numerous awards, and a cover appearance on TIME magazine.

Today, Mark is a recognized as a leader of social change. Author of three books, including Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock, Tewksbury is one of the few openly gay Olympic champions in 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 was Honorary Coach for Team Canada competing at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last summer.