Mark Tewksbury

Grades 9-12

Author Performance with Q&A

A riveting exploration of what it means to belong. Don’t miss the Calgary premiere of this chance for your students to learn more about the ingredients that go into making safer and more inclusive communities — from our hometown Olympic hero, inspirational leader and world-renowned social justice activist.

Mark Tewksbury

Mark Tewksbury’s involvement with different communities, from the Olympics and social justice activism, to business coaching and LGBTQ+ advocacy, gives him a unique perspective on what it means to truly belong.

What’s cool is when history happens in such little, tiny, incremental steps, sometimes you don’t see it and it feels useless and hopeless. But when you have enough time — like 20 years — the steps start to add up and make some sense. — Mark Tewksbury on

Mark first came to prominence as a record-breaking backstroke swimmer. His 16-year athletic career includes 21 national titles; seven world records; Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medals; numerous awards; and a cover appearance on TIME magazine.

While sporting achievements contributed to his early success, Mark’s life post-Olympics is what truly defines him. The author of three books, including Inside Out: Straight Talk from a Gay Jock, Tewksbury was one of the first openly gay Olympic champions in the world.

Only the greatest fight for what they believe in, taking on people and institutions and closed minds because the battle is important. Few have done that more often, more successfully, and more importantly than Tewksbury — Toronto Star

Mark has been the Master of Ceremonies for the Dalai Lama’s Canadian appearances, was invited by the Government of France to address human rights at the United Nations in New York City, and was the Chef de mission for the 2012 Canadian Summer Olympics team. Mark is currently the Chair of Special Olympics Canada and is a Director for the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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Available May 15 @ 10am


Book now to reserve your spot! This field trip opportunity is provided at a subsidized cost of $6 per student (full price is $12). However a limited number of further subsidies are available if your school qualifies. To request a booking, contact Rita Sirignano at 403-260-2706 or email us at for more information.

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