Alain Bernard is an Olympic gold medal swimmer from Aubagne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. He was coached by Denis Auguin, and his international career peaked at the highest level between 2005 and 2012 at two Olympic Games and a world record in the 100m freestyle. In 2008, during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he became the 1st French Olympic champion in 100 metres freestyle in 47.21, ahead of Eamon Sullivan and the duo Jason Lezak – César Cielo. He was awarded three medals at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2012, he became Olympic champion of 4x100m freestyle relay team which beat the United States. He announced his official retirement from swimming after the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and today, he is considered to be one of the greatest French athletes, thanks to his 2 Olympic titles. Since 2008, the Nuit de l’eau, and event sponsored by EDF and its historical sponsor Alain Bernard, helps the general public to discover variety of aquatic activities, while donating funds to improve access to drinkable water and sanitation in schools in Togo, West Africa.
Being one of Ocean Recovery Alliance's Ocean Ambassadors for ocean protection is completely in line with his current engagements, and he is excited to expand awareness via his speaking and athletic ventures in the years to come. He works with Ocean Recovery Alliance to help spread the word about the marine environment through sports and other activities in his daily life.