Mark Foster burst onto the International swimming scene at the age of 16, representing England at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He went on to represent his country for 23 years and became Britain's most decorated male swimmer.
Throughout his remarkable career, he has won 47 major international medals; competed in 5 Olympics, been 6 times World Champion, 11 times European champion, 2 times Commonwealth champion and broke the World Record 8 times. He was also chosen as the flag bearer to lead out Team GB at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Since retiring from swimming, Mark Foster has become a familiar face on television and his award winning partnership with Clare Balding from the aquatics centre during the Olympics in 2012, made him a household name. Mark then co-hosted the BBC coverage of the World Swimming Championships from Barcelona alongside Gabby Logan.
To add to Mark's TV appearances, he has been a regular participant on Countdown, Question of Sport, Come Dine With Me, Celebrity Masterchef as well as a host of other charity shows and campaigns.
In 2008, Mark entered ‘Strictly Come Dancing' on series six and took part in the live tour in 2012. Mark's appearance on Strictly transformed his image in the public eye from dedicated athlete to someone with a big personality, a great sense of humour and unafraid to take on new challenges way outside of his comfort zone. Mark has since teamed up with Strictly professionals, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite to form Fitsteps. This dance/fitness programme fuses the graceful steps of ballroom with the up-tempo steps of Latin to create a fun, energetic and effective way to keep fit.
Mark Foster is passionate about fitness and promoting healthy lifestyles. He is a long-term brand ambassador for "Wellman" nutritional products and works closely with British Gas, the principal partner of British Swimming, as a brand ambassador for ‘Swim Britain' an initiative to get the nation fitter and healthier by inspiring 500,000 people to swim more often.