Mark Tewksbury –October 4, 2011

Mark Tewksbury knows what it means to be a champion.

He is the star athlete who burst out of the water at the Barcelona Olympics following the come-from-behind victory in the 100 meter backstroke; an Olympic Champion with gold, silver and bronze medals from Olympic competitions in 1988 and 1992. Mark's athletic career highlights include 21 national titles, seven world records, and a cover appearance on TIME Magazine. For his outstanding achievements Mark was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1992 and inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1993 and then the Canadian Sports Hall in 1995.

Tewksbury has become a champion for a number of important causes. He has proudly supported sick children and currently sits on the National Boards of the Special Olympics and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. For his ethical leadership and active humanitarianism he has received Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary.

Mark has hosted television shows including How Its Made on Discovery Channel, authored three books and performed seminars and workshops around the world. He is a popular media commentator, has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama's Canadian appearances in 2007 and 2009, and in 2008 was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City.

In addition to his role as regular contributor on CTV's Canada AM, Mark's involvement in prime time coverage of the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 received critical acclaim.. He's authored three books and remains a popular media commentator.

His latest book, The Great Traits of Champions, co-authored with Debbie Muir, is the basis of a special eight-part series, Top of Your Game, on CBC Newsworld. The series began in March 2009, which offers practical ways to move forward in this challenging economic climate.

Mark is currently living in Calgary, and is the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team competing in London in 2012.

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