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WCL mourns the passing of Don Clark

February 22, 2023

REGINA— It is with great sadness that Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) announces the passing of Don Clark on February 17, 2023. Clark was 79 years old.

Clark made a tremendous impact on wrestling as a coach dating back to the early 1970s. He was team manager for the 1977 and 1991 FISU World University Games and the 1978 Commonwealth Games. In 1980 and 1984, he worked as a coach during the team’s Olympic training camps. Finally, in 1996, he served as the Canadian Wrestling Team Leader at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Clark also served in several administrative roles. He was a member of the executive of Saskatchewan’s Amateur Wrestling Association (SAWA), including a twelve-year term as SAWA’s president from 1973 to 1985. His work with SAWA led to him becoming a founding member of Sask Sport in 1972. He became Sask Sport’s first Vice-President of Sport from 1997 to 1999. Clark served as Vice-President for the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (now WCL) from 1997 to 2002.

Clark retired from coaching in 1985 but remained active in sport as a volunteer. He became the Director of the National Coaching Institute in Saskatchewan in 2008.

In recognition of his service towards the wrestling and sport community, Clark was the recipient of WCL’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2022.

WCL wishes to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Don Clark.