Mark Versfeld

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Mark Versfeld
Personal information
Born June 13, 1976
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Club Pacific Dolphins, Vancouver

Mark Andreas Cornelis Versfeld (born June 13, 1976) is a former backstroke swimmer from Canada. At the 2000 Summer Olympics he finished in 26th position in the 100 m backstroke.[1] He won the same event and the 200 m backstroke two years earlier, at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.[2] At the 1998 Aquatic World Championships he won a silver in the 100 m backstroke and bronze in the 200 m backstroke, breaking a Commonwealth Record in the process.[3] He was named Canadian Male Aquatic Athlete of the Year in 1998.[2]


Two years after his birth, his family moved to Fort McMurray where he started swimming in a club at age 8. In 1981 his family relocated to Edmonton, and three years later to Calgary.[4] After departure of his Calgary coach Deryk Snelling, Versfeld moved to Vancouver, where he trained with Tom Johnson and studied psychology and political science at the University of British Columbia.[5]

Around 2002 he retired from active swimming and in 2004 moved to Perth, Western Australia where he took up surfing and swim coaching. He was part of the winning team in the Rottnest 21-km open-water relay swim in 2006, along with Australian Olympians Bill Kirby, Todd Pearson and Duncan Armstrong.[4]


His mother, Hella Rentema, is a former Olympic swimmer from the Netherlands. He has a sister, Kim, and a brother Niels, who is also a competitive swimmer.[5]


  1. ^ Mark Versfeld.
  2. ^ a b 2006 CIS championships: T-Bird women, men still teams to beat. (February 21, 2006).
  3. ^ Jean-Louis Meuret (2007), HistoFINA Volume IV – Tome IV. MEDALLISTS AND STATISTICS. Special FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS (50 m.) Before Rome 2009.
  4. ^ a b Mark Versfeld.
  5. ^ a b Anita Lonsbrough (September 1998). Day Three Personality: Mark Versfeld. Swim Magazine