Mark started sailing Optimists at the National Yacht Club, in Dublin and has raced in Optimists, Lasers, 470s, J24s and 1720s. He was Irish Optimist Champion in 1976, Irish Laser Champion seven times, J24 National Champion and All Ireland Sailing Champion three times. Mark competed at the elite level in sailing for over 20 years, reaching 16th on the Laser world rankings in 1996, finishing 11th in the 1996 Olympic Games (and winning race 3). He captained Dublin University Sailing Club and won a silver medal at the inaugural ISAF World Team Racing Championships. See my story on Youtube here. In 2018 Mark won the Laser Masters World Championship in Dublin (Grandmaster).
Mark Lyttle developed an interest in sports science when campaigning, full-time, in the Laser class, for the 1996 Olympics. Mark has worked extensively with coaches and psychologists and ran, what was considered, a model campaign at a time when full-time campaigns were in their infancy. Subsequently, he was on the selection committee for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.