Dave Clark has announced that he is stepping down from his role as presenter of the Sky Sports Darts coverage after almost two decades.
Clark was previously a radio broadcaster before joining Sky Sports News; he would also go on to present boxing for the broadcaster including the pro debut of World Champion, Anthony Joshua.
However, his role as anchor of Sky Sports’ darts coverage has seen him at the forefront of some of darts’ greatest matches and moments; including classic World Championship finals and brilliant Premier League nights including Phil Taylor’s two nine-darters in one game back in 2010.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 revealing the news two years later. Since then, he has not only continued in his role; but raised over £500,000 for Parkinson’s UK.
Speaking on Sunday evening announcing the news, he said: “When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a ‘specialist’ said I’d only be able to present live sport for two or three more years.
“Nearly a decade after that diagnosis, I can still present live television, on stage; in front of 10,000 people. I’ve decided I want to stop now, still in control; still able to do the job, still able to enjoy it.
“The last thing I want is for someone to throw in the towel for me or for darts fans to feel uncomfortable or sorry for me as my Parkinson’s progresses.
“Lockdown has given us all a lot of time to think, on occasions too much time; but it’s given me time to sort out my priorities. Family comes first. I’m keen to spend more days with my wife and two sons. Time is a real luxury that so many have been denied during this difficult period.”
“I’m NOT giving up on life, just stopping doing the darts. I intend to keep busy, writing a book about my time presenting during some of the sport’s greatest years. I’m hoping to stay involved in broadcasting in some capacity and will continue to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and fundraising to find a cure through my chosen charity Parkinson’s UK.”
Tags: Dave Clark, Sky Sports Darts
It’s been an AMAZING journey, but now it’s time to bow out of @SkySportsDarts
22 years on Sky, nearly 10 years with #Parkinsons
Brilliant memories, brilliant people.
Just stopping doing the live darts .. NOT giving up on life. 100% my decision x pic.twitter.com/kJFEYNp4B2
— Dave Clark (@DaveClarkTV) July 12, 2020
Author: Samuel Gill