Alan Clarkson OBE (died 2010) was an accountant and an open water swimming administrator from Great Britain and long-time British Swimming board member and a member of the inaugural FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee beginning in 1992.
- He was a former Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) President and an Honorary Trustee.
- He represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games.
- He was a member of a Great Britain team in an international match against Australia.
- He served as a team manager on a series of British and English squads at three Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1978, the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, and the 1973, 1975 and 1978 FINA World Championships.
- He served a variety of roles on committees for both LEN and FINA.
- He was a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and its chairman until 2005.
- Prior to 1992 he was a member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee for 20 years.
- He was a member of the Technical Swimming Committee from 1990 to 2004.
- He was a member of the LEN Bureau since 1994.
- He was a member of York City Baths Swimming Club since 1951, where he has competed, coached and captained the team.
- He was awarded an OBE in HM The Queen's New Years Honors 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the sport of swimming.
- He received an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Certificate of Merit in 1994.
- His book, Lanes of Gold – 100 years of the New South Wales Amateur Swimming Association, received an Honorable Mention for the 1990 Buck Dawson Authors Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
- He was the first person to receive the British Olympic Association Service Award, awarded by by HRH The Princess Royal.
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- International Swimming Hall of Fame
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- World Open Water Swimming Association
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