Joe Clarke – GB Canoe Slalom Athlete
Richard Beese always encourages people to participate in sports activities. He believes that sports helps to keep a person mentally and physically fit. By giving the examples of great athletes, Richard Beese tried to inspire people for sports. He talks about Joe Clarke – Who won gold medal for Great Britain in kayak slalom at Rio 2016 Olympics. Joe Clarke is a Canoe Slalom athlete. He started Canoe Slalom in 2004, at the age 11. He is part of the Great Britain Senior + U23 Team for the K1 category. Canoe Slalom is basically a competitive event, in which a canoeist moves skillfully through a slalom course. It is usually done in white water.The year 2009 was a great landmark for Joe Clarke as he became a part of the Great Britain Junior team. He has won numerous medals at all levels of international competitions.
Clarkes’s journey of achievements starts from Junior through to U23 then senior European and World Championships. The interesting thing is that Clarke not only won Britain’s first Olympic medal, but secured gold in a time of 88.53 seconds.
Richard Beese feels inspired by Clarke’s dedication toward his aim. When Clarke was getting success on various levels, He set his aim for Rio 2016. He started his full time training at the Lee Valley London 2012 Olympic course. It was all about getting his body into the best possible shape physically and mentally for Olympic selections. Physical and mental fitness are essential for success in each phase of our life. Joseph Clarke worked really hard with full enthusiasm to achieve his aim. Joe said that “I knew I was capable, but to put down that run in the Olympics final, it is a dream comes true”. He achieved what he deserves. Joe Clarke also believes in luck and find himself lucky. Hard work can do great things, but little bit luck also matters.
Richard Beese says that to be a great athlete you have to work hard and real determination to reach your goal. Joe Clarke is a perfect example of hard work and determination. It feels fantastic when your dream comes true. The champion said: “When I crossed the line and knew I had a bronze I was absolutely ecstatic. It got even better when that upgraded to silver and then upgraded to gold”. After a lot of Ups and Downs, Joe Clarke finally achieved his aim. His journey to success is like – “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there”. He is a Great inspiration for all the sports lovers.