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Mark Tewksbury

Canadian Olympic swimmer, who set seven world records at the 1992 Olympic games. Mark Tewksbury is an out gay athlete and accomplished Canadian swimmer, having won medals at both the Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games.After his 1993 retirement, Mark remained active in the international world of sport. As a member of the Canadian Olympic Association, Honorary Secretary of FINA's Athletes' Commission, executive Board Member of the Toronto 2008 Olympic bid, and athlete's representative on the IOC's 2004 Site Evaluation Commission, he was devoted to making the voice of athletes heard and promoting the true spirit of sport. He stunned the world in 1999, by stepping down from all his posts within the Olympic movement due to a loss of faith in leadership, as derived from the IOC's bribery scandal. He went on to co-found OATH (Olympic Advocates Together Honorably), the first independent, international, athlete-lead organization in the world dedicated to restoring the Olympic spirit and creating constructive solutions to the problems facing international sport. Mark is currently working as the chair of OATH.Heart has always been the part of Mark Tewksbury that has made him a charismatic Olympian and compassionate humanitarian. As a motivational speaker, Mark continues to mesmerize groups of all ages with his honesty, sincerity, genuineness, humor and story telling. He has made frequent appearances on Canada's AM, CNN, ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" as well as at various special events. In 1993, he launched the Mark Tewksbury Junior Swim Bursury to provide program and financial assistance to young swimmers across Canada. He has been a spokesperson for Children's Miracle Network, AIDS Walk Canada and Special Olympics where he served on the National Advisory Board.