With great sadness is that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) hears of the passing of Great Britain’s four-time wheelchair fencing Paralympic medallist John Clark.
He competed in swimming and wheelchair fencing at the Paralympic Games but it was in the latter that he achieved more success. Clark first took bronze as part of the men’s epee team at Heidelberg 1972.
Four years later, he sealed silver in the men's epee team 2-5 and bronze in the men's epee individual 4-5 in Toronto, Canada. Clark took his last medal at Stoke Mandeville/New York 1984, a bronze in the men’s foil individual 4-5.
He was also a wheelchair basketball player and a stalwart for the Thistle Wheelchair Basketball Club based in Edinburgh and was an active member of Scottish Disability Sport.
Apart from being a tough competitor on the court, Clark was an outstanding role model for young athletes and always supported new athletes in all sports with a caring approach.