Nurse Joe Clarke is enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame for sharing the same name as Olympic Gold Medallist Kayaker Joe Clarke.
Nurse Joe Clark can't swim and certainly can't kayak. He was contacted on Twitter by Olympic legend and reporter Mathew Pinsent, while he was getting ready for another grueling night shift at Worthing Hospital in England. Prinsent just wanted to wish him good luck mistaking his identity for the Olympic star.
The post went viral and nurse Clarke began receiving tweets and retweets from people all over the world, praising him and his work. Nurse Clarke replied by quickly tweeting ‘Well, while I am flattered as I feel like a celebrity, I think I’m the wrong (but original) Joe Clarke'
He jokingly joined in saying 'hope I get gold.#excited staff room at work is buzzing. #nightshift'
When Mr. Pinsent realized what he'd done he apologized to nurse Joe Clarke.
Joe Clarke thought the whole thing was hilarious even though the constant tweets that were blowing up his phone ran his battery down.
The mistake must have sent some positive Karma to Mr. Clarke, the British Olympic Star because he took the gold for his kayaking efforts.
Before this happened Nurse Clarke had not made attempts to follow the Olympics.
‘I’m happy for it to last a little longer, but I think my colleagues want it to die down now so that I shut up going on about it to them.’
"To be honest I think volunteering as a medic at the next games is as close as I will ever get to competing myself."
‘I missed the whole London games in 2012 as that was when I was qualifying from my nursing degree and didn’t have enough in my bursary to cover the cost of the tickets.’
‘I always wanted to work at Worthing Hospital as they looked after my mum a few years ago when she was in a car accident.
‘I’m loving my work here and would definitely be interested in working towards a speciality or nurse practitioner role in the future.
‘I might even take up kayaking.'
No worries Nurse Clarke, your work as a nurse makes you way more of a star than any Olympian. Hats off to you and all the great nurses in the world!