Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 18th 2013 Contents A56
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Rugby player Jason "Moon"
Clarke was living his dream when
his reality was shattered.
Riding in the back seat of a vehicle
while coming home from work last
November, the star scrum forward
was involved in an accident on the
Beetham Highway which left one
person dead and Clarke paralysed.
Though it remains uncertain
whether he will walk again, the
strength of his character cannot be
Following in the footsteps of his
father Andy, Clarke joined the Caribs
Rugby Club at the age of 19 and
experienced a rapid rise through the
local ranks which saw him repre-
senting T&T within a year and the
West Indies soon after. He had been
in the midst of a storied career before
News of the accident came as a
blow to the local rugby fraternity,
where Clarke is universally liked and
"There was total shock and sad-
ness all around," said national coach
Larry Mendez. "It was the last thing
anyone would expect. Jason is such
a charismatic person, loved by all,
and one of the players that had
friends from everywhere."
After spending six months in and
out of the hospital, Clarke returned
to the rugby field to support his for-
mer T&T teammates during their
game against Guyana in St Augustine
last week. Speaking from his home
in Laventille recently, he admitted
the reunion had been bittersweet.
"It s very hard, knowing that I
used to play and that I could be on
the field but I d rather be there than
not watching it at all. Just because
I can t play doesn t mean I can t be
involved. I m very close with the
Mendez said Clarke s presence on
the sidelines had given a jolt of inspi-
ration to the players, who went on
to win 20-0 and dedicated the
match to him.
"It was the first time we d seen
him in a public function since the
accident and it was a great moti-
vation tool for the team," Mendez
"It was great that he could come
hang out and be a part of the game
again and I hope he will continue
Now 27, Clarke looks back at his
career with fondness and gratitude,
glad to have excelled in a sport he
remains passionate about.
"Being on tour, celebrating vic-
tories, winning league titles and
tournaments. It was great," he said.
"With all the camaraderie among
the players, it was like having anoth-
Mendez said Clarke had been one
of the standout players of his gen-
"He was right up there with best;
always willing to learn and share his
knowledge," said Mendez.
"He was a great passer and han-
dler of ball which allowed him to
play both versions of game. He was
a really special player and we re hop-
ing for the best and that he ll be
able to walk again. He s missed both
on and off the field."
Clarke plans to continue attending
local matches in the upcoming
months between trips to Colombia,
where he will be undergoing a phys-
ical therapy programme with the
goal of walking again.
"I m just going to do everything
I have to do and hope for the best.
You have to stay strong," he said.
He said he had been grateful for
the support of his friends in the
game, who had been by his side
"They ve been calling, sending
messages. Everything. We re always
Bittersweet reunion for 'Moon' Clarke
T&T and Caribs player Jason "Moon" Clarke
rests in a lounge chair during the Trinidad
and Tobago vs Guyana NACRA match at
UWI, Grounds, St Augustine earlier this
month. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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