Out Olympian Gymnast Dominic Clarke Calls for More Visibility

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday July 19, 2021

Dominic Clarke
Dominic Clarke  (Source:Instagram)

After coming out last month, Olympic gymnast Dominic Clarke of Australia is hoping to encourage more visibility among LGBTQ athletes, reported Outsports.

"I'm very grateful that I have the support and opportunity to compete as my unapologetically queer self on the Olympic stage," Clarke told Outsports. "If I can inspire just one other queer athlete to feel more comfortable and safe in their chosen sport, then I've done my job as a Pride ambassador."

In June, Clarke, who identifies as gay and queer, was named a Pride ambassador for Gymnastics New South Wales, including with former Australian gymnast and current coach Mic Whitehouse.

"I've been involved in gymnastics for over 20 years as a coach, judge and athlete. As a queer-identifying athlete, pride to me means being myself and promoting equality where I can within my chosen sport," Clarke shared in a Facebook video.

Clarke was named Gymnastics Australia's Trampoline Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and will compete in the Olympics for the first time next month during the men's trampoline event on Saturday, July 31 (the finals starts at 1:50 a.m. Eastern).

See Clarke in tumbling trampoline action in these photos from his instagram below.