13 July 2020 16:33
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. 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." 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 Tags: Dave Clark Author: Samuel Gill Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark has stepped away from his role fronting the broadcaster's darts coverage to spend more time with his family as he continues to live with Parkinson's disease. Clark was diagnosed with the chronic degenerative condition 10 years ago, and said he wants to bring his 22-year career with Sky to an end while can still do the job. "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," Clark said. "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." Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Clark said he hoped to stay broadcasting in some capacity, and will continue to raise awareness and funds for the charity Parkinson's UK. "I'm NOT giving up on life, just stopping doing the darts. I intend to keep busy, writing a book Stand Up If You Love The Darts about my time presenting during some of the sport's greatest years."