Stephen Clarke came to Brampton as a four year old with his family and became the first member of the Brampton “COBRA” Swim Club to be selected to represent his country in the Olympic Games.
After swimming with “COBRA” for almost fifteen years, during which he broke several Ontario records, Stephen was selected twice to represent Ontario and twice to represent Canada in International competition.
In 1988 he was a member of the successful “Canadian Youth Team” to compete in France. Stephen obtained a personal best in all of his four gold winning events at this meet.
In 1991, Stephen travelled to Havana, Cuba for the Pan American Games and had a strong performance in the Mens 4 x 100 m medley relay to ensure a silver medal finish.
Stephen went to the 1992 Canadian Olympic Trials held in Montreal and competed in the 100 m freestyle event, obtained a gold medal finish and a berth with the Canadian Olympic Swim Team in Barcelona, Spain.
At Barcelona in the 1992 Olympics, Stephen was the youngest member of the mens’ team and anchored the 4 x 100 medley relay to a bronze medal finish, behind the USA and Unified Commonwealth (formally USSR) teams.
Inducted November 18, 1992