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Mark Tewksbury

Swimming Athlete - Inducted 1993

Mark Tewksbury won thirteen National Swimming Championships. He started competing at the age of eight with Calgary's Cascade Club where he still holds four club records. He was a dominant force on the international scene, being ranked fourth or better from 1986 onward. He set a world record in the 100m backstroke (short course) in 1992 with a time of 52.50 seconds. Mark Tewksbury won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics and set a record for the 100m backstroke at 53.98 seconds. He pushed the Canadian Men's Relay Team to a bronze medal win in the 4 x 100m medley, earning his second Olympic medal and the third of his career. He is a Canadian, Commonwealth, Olympic, and World Record holder.

After Induction

1995 - Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame inductee

1996 - Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame inductee 

1999 - International Olympic Committee (IOC) Site Inspection Commission – athlete representative, and then turned critic in 

2000 - International Swimming Hall of Fame

2005 - Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation Award - celebrating 100 individuals

2006 - Co-president of the first World Outgames

2008 - Toronto’s Olympic Bid committee executive member

2008 - CBC Swim Analyst at the Beijing Olympic Games

2012 - Chef de Mission 2012 Summer Olympic Games

2013 - Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee Member (announced November 21, 2013)


Humanitarian awards & accomplishments

- University of Western Ontario Honorary doctorate of laws degree

- University of Calgary – Honorary doctorate of laws degree - co-founded OATH (Olympic Advocates Together Honorably), an athlete-led movement for the spirit of ethical sport

- Q Hall of Fame (in Canada)

- LGBT Human Rights Halls of Fame

- Championed the causes of sick children

- Championed the causes of Special Olympians,



- Keynote and motivational speaker

- Authored three books, including one with his business partner Debbie Muir.

- Hosted a number of TV shows including the first season of “How It’s Made”.