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Jon Schofield announces retirement from competitive sport after this season

Jon Schofield announces retirement from competitive sport after this season 15.3.2019

One of World’s best canoe sprinters, who was also a very successful wildwater kayaker, Jon Schofield has announced on Twitter his retirement from competitive sport after this season. He will continue his career in canoeing but in a different role after signing a contract with Scottish Canoe Association.

Jon Schofield, 33, won 24 international medals in men’s K2 200 metres events, including two medals at Olympic Games. He and Liam Heath have won bronze medal at 2012 London Olympic Games and silver medal four years later at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Schofield and Heath were K2M 200m European Champions on three occasions – in 2010 in Trasona, in 2011 in Belgrade and in 2012 in Zagreb.  In addition to this he also won medals at World Championships. Before switching for canoe sprint Schofield excelled as wildwater canoeing paddler winning a Junior World Champion title and European Champion title in 2007.
Schofield who is also a very successful scientist and now works on PhD in biomechanics will take a new role as head of performance and pathways at the Scottish Canoe Association in June and before this he hopes to compete at canoe sprint world cups in May in Duisburg and Poznan.
“It is a really big move for me, moving around from being a full time professional athlete as the main focus in my life, but this role and opportunity was really for me the right time to give something back, to challenge myself in a different area and to make the most of what I've learnt during that time. It's been a wonderful career, there's been highs and lows but I've shared a lot of that with a great team, some great coaches, great mentors and friends so I’m moving onto the next level of my life with a bit of a heavy heart, there's always desires to push onto the next level, in this case Tokyo but I did get the feeling it was time for a new chapter to start for me. It will be a privilege to work in sport as a career. Sport has given me so much and I've been looking for a way to be involved in that once I stopped competing.  To do that within canoeing is the absolute dream. It is a dream role that will enable me to impact and work with athletes and performance staff across a range of areas. When this role came up it was absolutely the right fit for me,” said Jon Schofield.


Source: https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2019/jon-schofield-set-to-retire-from-competitive-paddling-to-take-dream-job?fbclid=IwAR2TT_lOc1hFXCnaOQzRogrdmsPjSjXHX4numtO2Rv8DiD53qiqbVbPfQeE