Jessica Fox & Clint Robinson - Sports Hall of Fame
Sporting Australia Hall of Fame dinner - 10th October 2013
After more than two decades at the top of his sport Olympic kayaking gold medalist Clint Robinson has been rewarded with induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
The five-time Olympian, who won gold in the K1 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, said he was shocked to join Australian sporting royalty.
"I was quite surprised to be honest," 41-year-old Robinson said.
"You just compete in your sport for what you love and the things you have always aspired to try and achieve along the way."
"I have been able to enjoy competing internationally for over 25 years, and in a sport like mine, which is an Olympic sport and very physically demanding on your body, it means that it has been a rough ride at times. So it's great that people recognise what you have achieved."
Robinson's astonishing record speaks for itself.
He completed his set of medals across three Olympic Games winning silver in the K2 500 (with Nathan Baggaley) in 2004, and then bronze in 1996 in the K1 1000m.
He claimed the world championship title in 1994, and has won world championship silver twice, in 1991 and 1995, and a bronze medal in 1996.
He's also been crowned national K1 1000m champion on 11 occasions (two junior and nine open).
He is also a prolific surf life saving competitor, winning an unmatched 36 national titles, the most successful competitor in Australian surf life saving history.
"We were trained hard and I thrived on the challenges that were offered to me" Robinson said.
"Training was very holistic and I was always encouraged to be a very hard trainer.
"My strength has been to nurture that huge amount of competitive spirit that I have always had,"ÂÂ Robinson said of his sport.
Robinson's work ethic and results impressed the Chairman of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee, Robert de Castella.
"Clint not only has a great Olympic record in canoeing but also his diversity of success across the kayak and the surf life saving as well has really given him an element of diversity which is pretty spectacular," the Commonwealth Games gold medalist said.
Robinson will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at tonight's (Thursday) annual Sport Australia gala awards dinner in Melbourne.
At the same event Olympic canoeing gold medalist and recent C1 World Champion Jessica Fox will be in the running for the annual 'Don' Award.
It's the second time Fox has been short listed for the prestigious gong.
Named after Sir Donald Bradman, 'The Don' aims to honour a current Australian athlete who, by their achievements and example over the past 12 months, is considered to have had the capacity to most inspire the nation.