Since coming to Canada from England in 1957, at age 27, Peter Clarke has been a representative player, a captain, a coach and a tireless administrator at club, provincial and national levels.
Though long connected with the Cowichan Rugby Club, Peter began his rugby career in Canada with the Oak Bay Wanderers, in Victoria, captaining the club from 1957 to 1960. He also captained the Crimson Tide and played for BC on many occasions, however none are more memorable than when, in 1958, BC beat Australia 11-8.
In 1962, Peter moved North from Victoria to the re-activated Cowichan Club, where he assumed the captaincy and coaching positions and also became its Founding President. After his playing career ended, he continued coaching the club's teams at various levels. In the 1980s and 90s, he served the Club in assisting with the planning of the five-acre facility in the Cowichan Valley.
As an administrator, Peter has held numerous positions. At various times he's been Secretary of the Victoria Rugby Union, President of the V.I.R.U., a Director, and later President, of the B.C. Rugby Union, and from 1974 to 1976 President of the Canadian Rugby Union. He has been a selector for BC and Canada, and a manager for the BC Senior team (1966-68), and Canada Senior team (1977-1981).
Peter has represented the Province and Canada at a number of overseas meetings in Japan, Australia, Scotland, New Zealand and, in particular, at the Irish RFU Centennial Celebrations. Peter was awarded her Majesty the Queen's 25th Anniversary Medal for Services to Rugby in 1977, the Jack Patterson Memorial Trophy for contributions to the BCRU in 1980, and the VIRU Trophy "In Appreciation for Decades of Service and Vision" in 1996.