World, Commonwealth and European Champion announced as Guest of Honour at RCMA Group Rugby League Varsity Match 2018
Five times Olympian, Six times World Champion and eight times world record holder swimmer Mark Foster has been announced as the 2018 RCMA Group Rugby League Varsity Match guest of honour. The role involves presenting medals and trophies after the game to the teams, and speaking at the game’s pre-match luncheon.
Foster is one of the Britain’s most successful swimmers with a staggering 51 medals in freestyle, butterfly and medley relays including six World Championship titles, 11 European Championship titles and two Commonwealth titles.
Since retiring from swimming Foster has become a television presenter, hosting coverage of the major sporting events in which he made his name. He has appeared on the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Superstars, Through the Keyhole and Celebrity Juice.
Foster supports a number of charities including Regain Sport, one of the 2018 RCMA Rugby League Varsity Match’s two charity partners, for which funds are being raised on the day.
On being invited to become Guest of Honour, Foster said “it’s a great privilege to be a part of the RCMA Rugby League Varsity Match. Naturally I love sport and they don’t come more passionate than an historic rugby league derby game between two great rivals. I’m really looking forward to the day.”
Mark Ramsdale, RCMA Group Rugby League Varsity Match director added “Mark’s sporting pedigree is phenomenal and it’s terrific he can join us at Varsity this year. To welcome a speaker and guest of honour from another sport is a break in tradition for us, certainly in the ten years I’ve been involved, but it shows the breadth of interest in both rugby league and the RCMA Group Rugby League Varsity Match.”