Mark Foster


Amongst the most successful British swimmers of all time, Mark Foster specialised in short course swimming, most notably the butterfly and freestyle over 50 meters. Now retired, the British Swimmer is spending his time fulfilling media commitments and specialising as an Olympic after-dinner speaker.

Foster became the fastest swimmer in the country at only 15 years old, this kickstarted his 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. He went on to also be successful at the World and European Championships painting out an illustrious career before announcing his retirement in 2006.

After only a short period, Foster courageously came out of retirement in the bid to achieve his lifetime goal of winning an Olympic medal at the 2008 Bejing Games. Reuniting with Team GB, Mark won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle at the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships. He also qualified to represent Great Britain at the same distance in the Olympics but sadly failed to qualify for the semi-finals finishing almost two-tenths of a second outside of the top 16.

Outside of his sporting career, Mark is also a patron for a multitude of charities, he is an avid fundraiser and ambassador using his platform as a sports icon and Olympic speaker to raise both awareness and money for charities that are close to his heart.

He 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 as a commentator and analyst. He is also a popular choice to invite to swimming meets and events.

Mark Foster is an incredible 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.

To book Mark Foster as the sports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

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

Watch Mark talk us through his motivational journey to be an olympic swimmer in his keynote speech below:

“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

“Mark was the guest speaker at our end of year Prize Day and celebrations. He proved to be an excellent match for the occasion, engaging with every single prize winner and addressing an inspirational speech to all pupils, parents and guests. He also gave much of himself after the ceremony, interacting with the school community for photos and autographs. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome for the day, and are grateful to Champions Speakers for their continued support with our events.” – Jamie, Berkhamsted Prep School

Mark was fantastic.  He spoke really well and engaged with all the children as well as the adults.  He signed autographs and had lots of photos and was a lovely guy to chat to, please thank him so much from us.” – Judy, Chesham Prep School

“Our pupils and staff enjoyed the visit enormously and Mark was great with all of the children. Please pass on my thanks to him for making the event so engaging and interesting for everyone.” 

“I’d like to thank Mark for his massive contribution to our event. He was a total hit with the audience and is scoring 10/10 in our post event survey! From my perspective, he encapsulated the brief perfectly and got all the messages I needed out to the team in a really compelling but down to earth way. His style was relaxed but he had everyone hooked from the start, right through to the end. The Q&A was a real highlight and I really appreciate him addressing the many questions from the floor in such an encouraging way. Inspirational! Mark was open, warm, friendly and extremely polite to everyone he met on the night and very accommodating to the many ‘selfie’ requests. Genuinely a lovely human being! Everyone was still talking about Mark the next day which shows the deep impact he had on the team and I’m sure this will encourage them to test themselves ‘beyond limits’ in the future.”- Nathalie, BT & EE

“Once again, our greatest thanks for your help in lining Mark up for our event. He was a huge success and such a great guy.” – Jonathan McArthur, Lazard