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Mark Foster

Mark Foster burst onto the international swimming scene at the age of 16, first representing England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He subsequently went on to represent his country many more times and been decorated more than any other male swimmer. Mark is in popular demand as a motivational speaker, and is guaranteed to inspire and entertain any given audience.


About Mark Foster

Mark Foster’s story is unlike any other. Audiences will learn through his speech, Reach for the Stars, how Mark’s father’s fear of water pushed him to learn to swim, how he almost spent his career filing in a council office and the truth behind that infamous string top on Strictly Come Dancing.


Mark Foster has won 47 international medals throughout his impressive three-decade career; competed in 5 Olympics, been 8 times Commonwealth champion, 10 times European champion and 8 times World record holder. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics

He is passionate about encouraging people, especially children, to learn to swim and to be active.

Outside of the pool, Mark has become a familiar face on television, including appearances on ITV1’s ‘Beat the Stars’, Five’s ‘Superstars’ and famously hitting the dance floor in BBC1’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’

Speech Topics

Motivational / After Dinner Speaking

Audiences will learn through his speech, Reach for the Stars, how Mark’s father’s fear of water pushed him to learn to swim, how he almost spent his career filing in a council office and the truth behind that string top on Strictly Come Dancing.

Business lessons include:
• Reach for the stars and be the best that you can be
• Setting achievable goals
• Learning from mistakes and dealing with setbacks
• Learning how to manage your responses to events beyond your control and turning them around to your advantage
• An insight into the World’s biggest Sporting event – The Olympic Games
• Working outside of your comfort zone
• Partnerships and team work – recognising that you can’t do it alone
and nurturing strengths and weaknesses in a team environment

Booking Information


"Mark spoke at our annual conference in 2009 and was a huge hit. He managed to combine inspirational messages with funny moments from Strictly and great interaction with the audience."

Education and Special Projects Ltd

"Mark was an inspiring and engaging speaker. He was very easy to work with and went the extra mile to make sure that he completely understood the campaign before the speech on the day and by using the products in his home. He made sure that all of our key messages were included in an entertaining and inter-active speech. We have no hesitation in recommending him and would love to work with him again in the future."

Energy Saving Trust

"Mark was great - everyone agreed it was the best and buzziest we’ve had"

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

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