Foster is a fierce patriot, with a red rose tattooed on his chest. But his country's national championships, even in golden jubilee year, do not get his juices flowing."The pool in Coventry is one of the worst in the world," he grumbles."It's years and years old, and the depth of water at both ends is only 3ft 6in.That's what you've got to dive into." Foster is 6ft 6in, which puts that task into perspective."And you get nothing for winning," he adds. If you give me a programme for Coventry I'll tell you who's going to win what, who'll come second, and who'll come third, and I'll be 90 per cent right.The white number featured black detailing on the waist, neckline and sleeves and she teamed it with black peep-toe sandals.
This weekend, however, he is in Coventry, competing in the Queen's Jubilee national championships.
"I'm Lottery-funded, and in return for the money you have to compete in certain events. The little medals you get from the national championships don't mean anything, not any more.
I won my first senior national title when I was 15. Quite possibly, he is exactly what British swimming needs.
There seem to be at least three short-haired blonde women of 40 with pointy chins on our screens and airwaves.
BBC Sport is her mainstay but she also works for Channel 4, Sky and Radio 4, and has been on countless quiz programmes, from Mastermind (topic: the history of the Derby) to University Challenge.