FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)
FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Alan Clarkson, one of the most prestigious swimming officials in Great Britain. Mr. Clarkson passed away on May 22, 2010 after a heart failure – he was 73. In the last years, Mr. Clarkson had been deeply involved with open water swimming, having chaired the FINA technical committee of this discipline until 2005. He had previously been member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee.
According to the site of British Swimming, “Alan represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and went on to support a series of British and English squads as team manager, accompanying athletes to three Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 1976 and the World Championships in 1973, 1975 and 1978.
He was awarded an OBE in The Queen's New Years Honors list in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the sport of swimming, while in 2007 he was presented with the first ever long service award from the British Olympic Association by HRH The Princess Royal for his commitment to the sport after serving as a British Olympic Association Swimming representative for 21 years.”
Reacting to his loss, David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA and British Swimming said: “Alan was a man who, despite being a busy accountant and family man, had time and energy for the sport he loved.
“Alan made a massive contribution to the ASA and British Swimming over many years and his quiet diplomacy also ensured that there was British influence in FINA and LEN.
“He was, however, perhaps not as ‘at home’ in the committee room as he was in the stands watching swimming or engaged in a water polo game.
“He was such an influence on our sport it is hard to know where to start, he will be missed by everyone who knew him from wherever they came. He was a giant of our sport and a true friend of swimming, it is a great loss.”
In this moment of mourning, FINA presents its deepest condolences to Alan Clarkson’s family and to the entire aquatic community in Great Britain.