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Danny Clark OAM



Danny Clark OAM (Member 1998)

b. 30 August 1952

Following a distinguished career at both state and national level, Clark signalled his intentions to become one of the world's greatest cyclists when he won a silver medal at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games in the 1000 metres time trial.

Attracted to the very strong professional circuits, he spent more time riding in Europe than Australia and has been hailed as a greater sporting hero overseas than at home.

He was however, never forgotten in Tasmania as the boy from George Town who returned to race in Tasmania as often as his commitments in Europe would allow. Wins in three Burnie Wheel races, three Latrobe Wheels and a Devonport and Launceston Wheel attest to his love of his home state and his unforgettable ability to win the great handicap events.

Based in Belgium for over 20 years, Danny was a sporting legend in that country and was often mobbed by adoring fans as he and his family walked down the streets.

His world championship haul is arguably the most impressive of any Australian cyclist ever, for he won two keirin, two motor paced world titles as well as five silver and three bronze world championship medals. Added to that were 13 European championships, 74 six day event titles and that wonderful Olympic silver medal.

Danny retired in 1996 and returned to live in Tasmania for a short time before moving to Queensland.