Canadian Olympic legend Tewskbury latest honouree

Canadian Olympic legend Tewskbury latest honouree

Standout Calgary swimmer enters CW Hall of Fame

EDMONTON – One of the most recognizable Canadian athletes in Olympic history, swimmer Mark Tewksbury made a splash at the University of Calgary before capturing gold at the Barcelona Summer Games in 1992.

A born-and-raised Calgarian, Tewksbury competed for the University of Calgary from 1986-87 and 1989-1990, a span which saw the Dinos win both the CIAU and Canada West swimming titles in all four of his seasons.

He was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame ahead of this weekend's CW Swimming Championships in Lethbridge, Alta.

During his time as a student-athlete, Tewksbury won 10 CIAU gold medals and was named the Dinos male athlete of the year twice.

In 1988, Tewksbury made his Olympic debut at the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, where he won silver as a member of the Canadian men’s relay team. His signature moment came at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona when he won the 100-metre backstroke with an Olympic record time of 53.98 seconds.

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For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life. 

To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.