Mark Foster

Legendary Swimmer

Retired British Swimmer Mark Foster now spending his time fulfilling media and speaking commitments, specialising as a sports speaker and Olympic speaker. Amongst the most successful British swimmers of all time, Foster specialised in short course swimming, most notably the butterfly and freestyle disciplines over 50 meters; however life after retirement has also heralded a successful occupancy as an after dinner speaker.

A young Foster became the fastest swimmer in the country at only 15 years old, proving to become the start of what would be a fruitful and successful career. First selected for the British team in 1985, Foster won his first medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games where he claimed Bronze in the 50m freestyle.

Foster went on to prove successful at World & European Championships, however an Olympic medal was to elude an otherwise illustrious career. Controversially missing out on selection for Athens 2004, Foster came out of retirement to try and reach his Olympic ambitions at the Beijing games. Named flag bearer for the opening ceremony, Foster was unable to succeed in China and returned empty handed despite winning the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships prior to the games.

Retirement has bought a multitude of opportunities Mark Foster’s way, including charity, after dinner speaker and media commitments. A patron for a multitude of charities, he is an avid fundraiser and ambassador using his capacity as a sports icon and Olympic speaker to raise awareness and required funds.

A motivational and Inspirational athlete, Foster has also appeared on a wide range of television shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and has continued to be part of the BBCs Sports coverage, especially being popular at swimming meets and events.

An eloquent sports speaker who can provide motivational and inspirational speeches to events and conferences, having appeared at five Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games, Mark Foster is one of the most consistently prolific swimmers Britain has produced in recent years.

Now a respected television commentator and analyst, after dinner speaker and specialist Olympic speaker for all events and occasions, Mark Foster is as popular as ever.

To book Mark Foster as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Mark is known to cover the following topics:

  • Olympic Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Leadership
  • Inspirational & Motivational
  • Drive & Determination

“Mark was a speaker at Leicester Tigers for a game that we played against London Welsh. With over 300 people in the room, Mark used different techniques to keep everyone engaged and interested in what he was saying. With mostly business men and sports fans in the room Mark was able to conduct himself in a manner that suited both parties and children. Mark’s experience in life after sport was extremely interesting and our 1st team players took this in as something they need to start thinking about as well. The interactivity that Mark had with our guests was exceptional and spent over an hour signing autographs and having photos and it was a pleasure to host him and have him as our guest speaker.” – Emily AnthonyLeicester Tigers

“Everything went to plan and we want to thank you so much for your help. Mark Foster was excellent and we shall be back next year for another sporting champion!!” – Active Tameside

“Just want to say a huge thank you for all of your help with securing Mark Foster as guest speaker at our annual prize giving. Mark was truly fantastic. His speech was excellent, a motivational message for students, entertaining and interesting for parents and engaging for the whole audience. We received so many positive comments. He took the time to speak to all 135 students by name and his congratulations to them were warm and personal. He made it a very special occasion for the students, parents , staff and invited guests. He willingly stayed for what seemed like ages while photographs were taken and his patience delighted everyone. It was a great success and so we wish to extend our thanks to Mark.  What a lovely, genuine person he is and he made an excellent role model for the children.  His assembly was pitched just right and was very motivational and fitted perfectly with our school ethos around resilience and having a growth mindset.  The children learned so much and are now really looking forward to the upcoming Olympics.” – Kirsty Chrysler, Deputy Head Teacher, Gorse Hill Primary School

“It went really well thank you! They were really pleased with how it went and expressed how perfect he was for the role.  Once again, thank you very much for your help on this – it was very last minute I know but thanks again.” – Alcohol Awareness Week

“Mark was a spokesperson for Gillette’s International Men’s day campaign where we wanted to raise awareness of men’s health but importantly male role models and the impact they can have. Mark spoke eloquently on his experiences growing up and what he sees as important for kids growing up. He really nailed the messaging and as a last minute brief to him he delivered above and beyond what we could have asked for.” – Mark,  HK Strategies

“He was absolutely fantastic, our clients loved him! The queue for photos with him after his speech was never ending!” – Harriet, Thomsons

“The event was a huge success, Mark was a great speaker and we have had plenty of compliments following the event. Please do pass on my thanks again to Mark. We all found him so approachable and he told his story to a wide ranging audience and managed to engage everyone – pupils, parents and staff alike. He may like to know that we also raised over £3000 towards the school charities so thank you for his help in the various activities throughout the evening that supported that.” Nicki, Wycombe Abbey School