Helen Clarke

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Not to be confused with Helen Clark, a prime minister of New Zealand.
Helen Clarke
Personal information
Birth name Helen Margaret Shearer
Nationality  New Zealand
Born (1971-04-16) 16 April 1971 (age 44)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation School teacher
Years active 1991–2004

Helen Margaret Clarke MNZM (née Shearer, born 16 April 1971) is a former field hockey goalkeeper and captain for New Zealand, who competed in three Summer Olympics: 1992, 2000 and 2004.[1]

Clarke earned a record 166 caps for her country[2] and was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2005 New Year Honours for services to hockey.[3] She was also a member of the New Zealand team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, where she won a bronze medal, the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester,[1] and two World Cups.[4] She retired from the sport after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.[2] She has taught physical education and English at Mt Roskill Grammar School in Auckland, New Zealand.


  1. ^ a b "Helen Clarke". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Goalie retires on loss". The Press. 27 August 2004. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "New Year honours list 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2004. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Clarke won't be back after her pregnant pause". Sunday Star Times. 16 October 2005. p. 10.