Carmel Clark (born 1965 in Lower Hutt)[1] is a former freestyle and backstroke swimmer from New Zealand, who represented her native country in the 1984 Summer Olympics swimming events. She reached the finals in both the 100m and 200m backstroke events, coached by John Beaumont,[2] and finished in eighth place in both finals,[3] also finishing 28th in the 100m freestyle event.[1]

Clark is the daughter of Tony Clark, a former Wellington rugby union representative player and later a schoolteacher.[4] She also competed in four events in the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, finishing fifth in the 200m backstroke and seventh in the 100m backstroke, and participating in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay in which the New Zealand team placed fifth.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Carmel Gardner". Athletes. New Zealand Olympic Team. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Swimming: Coach's recognition spans continents". Hawkes Bay Today. 23 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Swimming results" (PDF). Swimming World. September 1984. pp. 97–106 – via USA Swimming.
  4. ^ "Rugby: A Lion in Magpies' clothing". Hawkes Bay Today. 6 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Carmel Clark". Commonwealth Sport. Retrieved 20 September 2020.