Dale Clancy is in his first year of university. He needs some spare cash. Hey, what student doesn't? Ches Anderson, who is the coach of the wrestling program at the University of Saskatchewan, and team captain Gil Wist have a suggestion. They tell Clancy he could make a few bucks as a wrestling official.
Clancy was a wrestling official for the next 40 years.
A wrestler himself at Walter Murray Collegiate and later with the Huskies, he was world class as an official. After starting out as an official for high school and club matches, Clancy went on to be a national wrestling official for 36 years and an international official for three decades.
In Canadian championships, Clancy hit the mat for schoolboy, cadets and juveniles, for juniors and seniors. He has done the Canadian university championships, three Olympic trials and four Canada Games.
He is a frequent flyer for global competition, from the Commonwealth championships in Australia to the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic to the world university championships in Japan.
“It has been my privilege to have had the best vantage point to watch wrestling,” Clancy said.
He also helps to make it happen. Besides being an official, he has served on the board. He was president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Officials Association. As president of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association, he edited the national edition of wrestling's world rulebook.
In a sport of discipline, Dale Clancy sets the code.