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Date Inducted: 10 Oct 2013
Sport: Multi - Canoe/Kayak, Surf Life Saving
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Clint Robinson OAM - Multi - Canoe/Kayak, Surf Life Saving

With 36 national titles Clint Robinson is the most successful competitor in Australian Surf Life Saving History. 

Yet even that remarkable achievement tends to be overshadowed by his feats in the canoe and kayak at five Olympics and three World Championships where he captured Olympic gold (’92), silver (2004) and bronze (‘92) and mounted the  World Championship podium five times between 1991 and ’95 to claim one gold, two silver and a bronze medal.

Born on July 27, 1992, in Brisbane, Clint David Robinson grew up at Nambour on the Sunshine Coast. A promising rugby league player as a schoolboy, his passion was surf lifesaving and in 1987 he won the Cadet Malibu Board Race at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships. That led to an invitation to join the Australian Olympic Kayak squad in 1988 – and ultimately to representing Australia at five Olympic games, the last at Beijing in 2008 at the age of 36.

While training with the Olympic squad he continued to compete in beach events, notably the Uncle Toby’s Iron Man series, where the rigorous Olympic kayak training helped him dominate the ski and board events but limited the time available for running and swimming training.

Robinson was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport’s Best of the Best in 2001 and into Queensland Sport Hall of Fame 2009.

Among competing in various water sports, Robinson was still leading the way in surf lifesaving events and was part of Australia’s national team in 1993, ‘95 and ‘99.  In 1999 he took out his 24th national title to overtake Trevor Hendy as the sport’s most successful competitor ever. By 2008 he had extended that figure to a remarkable 36 national titles. 

He is still actively contributing as head coach at Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. 

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.