Tewks­bury presents his Olympic gold medal to mu­seum

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WIN­NIPEG — Swimming leg­end Mark Tewks­bury says it’s only fit­ting that he present his gold medal from the 1992 Olympic Games to the Cana

Tewks­bury dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights in Win­nipeg. Tewks­bury says he couldn’t have won the 100-me­tre back­stroke in Barcelona if he hadn’t had the sup­port of peo­ple who knew he was gay. He says that sup­port was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant be­cause it came at a time when it wasn’t OK to be open about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. His medal will be part of a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the hu­man rights mu­seum that ex­plores the power of sport to in­spire pos­i­tive change. “I’ve al­ways said for me that medal is a hu­man rights medal,” Tewks­bury said Thurs­day. “It was done be­cause some­one cre­ated a space for me to be me.” The Cana­dian Press

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