Dave was the captain of Britain's Football 5-a-side team and competed at London 2012 as the most experienced member of the squad, having achieved 144 caps throughout his international career.
- Football 5-a-side
- Home Town:
- Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- Date Of Birth:
- 11th September 1970
- Games Attended:
- London 12, Beijing 08, Atlanta 96
Before taking to the Football pitch, Dave represented his country in the Paralympic-specific sport of Goalball when he competed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
He returned to Paralympic competition in Beijing in 2008, where the Football 5-a-side team finished in 5th place.
At the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Dave had the honour of passing the torch to Margaret Maughan, Britain's first Paralympic gold medal winner, who then lit the Paralympic Cauldron.
Competing in front of a home crowd at the Riverbank Arena at London 2012, Dave scored the opening goal of the competition for ParalympicsGB with his 127th international career goal in a 1-1 draw with Spain. With another draw against Argentina and a loss against Iran in the Preliminary rounds, the British team went on to face a tough 2-1 defeat against China in the classification rounds, when the match went to penalties. 41 year old Clarke, who had announced his retirement during the Games, brought his international career to a close with a victory over Turkey in the 7-8 classification match, where he scored his 128th international goal.
In addition to the Paralympic Games, Dave also has played Football 5-a-side at five World Cups and six European Championships. He has been awarded the Golden Boot at three World Cups, most recently at the 2011 IBSA European Championships in Aksaray, Turkey, where he was the tournament's highest scorer with six goals.
“If I can inspire blind kids to start playing football, then as far as I'm concerned it's job done.”Dave Clarke
Dave has also featured on Channel 4’s ‘Inside Incredible Athletes’.
- Major Results
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
- 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
- 2011 IBSA European Championships, Aksaray, Turkey
- 2011 IBSA World Games, Antalya, Turkey
- 2010 IBSA World Championships, Hereford, UK
- 2009 IBSA European Championships, Nantes, France