Matthew James Sutherland Dawson, MBE (born 31 October 1972) is an English retired rugby union player who played scrum half for Northampton Saints and then London Wasps.
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Retired British Swimmer Mark Foster now spending his time fulfilling media and speaking commitments, specialising as a sports speaker and Olympic speaker. Amongst the most successful British swimmers of all time, Foster specialised in short course swimming, most notably the butterfly and freestyle disciplines over 50 meters; however life after retirement has also heralded a successful occupancy as an after dinner speaker. A young Foster became the fastest swimmer in the country at only 15 years old, proving to become the start of what would be a fruitful and successful career. First selected for the British team in 1985, Forest won his first medal at the 1990 Commonwealth games where he claimed Bronze in the 50m freestyle. Foster went on to prove successful at World and European Championships, however an Olympic medal was to elude an otherwise illustrious career. Controversially missing out on selection for Athens 2004, Foster came out of retirement to try and reach his Olympic ambitions at the Beijing games. Named flag bearer for the opening ceremony, Foster was unable to succeed in China and returned empty handed despite winning the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships prior to the games.Retirement has bought a multitude of opportunities Mark Foster’s way, including charity, after dinner speaker and media commitments. A patron for a multitude of charities, he is an avid fundraiser and ambassador using his capacity as a sports icon and Olympic speaker to raise awareness and required funds. A motivational and Inspirational athlete, Foster has also appeared on a wide range of television shows, including ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and has continued to be part of the BBCs Sports coverage, especially being popular at swimming meets and events.An eloquent sports speaker who can provide Motivational and Inspirational speeches to events and conferences, having appeared at five Olympic Games and five Commonwealth Games, Mark Foster is one of the most consistently prolific swimmers Britain has produced in recent years. Now a respected television commentator and analyst, after dinner speaker and specialist Olympic speaker for all events and occasions, Mark Foster is as popular as ever.
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