Brad "chuffed" to be Senior Sportsperson
SNR SPORTSPERSON: Brad Clarke was stoked to find out he had been named Senior Sportsperson of the Month for December.
"I'm chuffed," Clarke said. "Another box ticked."
The Townsend bodybuilder has fond memories of The Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Week awards, including as a guest poser in the early '90s.
"It was a while ago," he said. "Karen and Bill (Counsell) were running it in those days, and Lesley Apps was involved too.
"It was brilliant. It's prestigious for this area."
There is no doubting Clarke is a worthy recipient of the first monthly award for the 2016 edition of the Clarence Valley Sports Awards.
The 49-year-old won the Masters and second overall at the Musclemania World Champion- ships held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in November, and also won the Australian and Queens- land titles in 2015.
Indeed, his achievements will be hard to beat for the Senior Sportsperson of the Year and Masters Sports awards later in the year.
While a veteran in the sport, it was actually Clarke's first foray into overseas competition.
"To achieve a lifetime best at 49 shows it's just a number," he said. "Never quit. Never give up.
"Even though I was in Masters, I was in better shape than when I was in my 20s and 30s. It comes down to more focus, more maturity."
His most recent achievements were the culmination of three years of commitment and dedication.
"It's the mental discipline of the sport that makes it so tough.
"It's the hardest sport in the world. You can't let up 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.
"The biggest thing to come out of last year was the support from locals. I wouldn't have been able to get to Vegas without it.
"The Clarence Valley has always been great for that in the past, whether it be squash or hockey or whichever sport."
Clarke, who trains at Bodyrock Fitness, has turned his focus in 2016 towards his profession as a master coach.
"This year is about business; focusing on other people and helping them to achieve their goals."