Triathlon Canada has announced that Jono Hall, the head coach of Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre, has resigned.
“After a very challenging year that has been difficult on all of us – coaching virtually while navigating the pandemic, coupled with disappointing results at the Olympic Games and a challenging professional environment, I have determined it is time to step away from coaching in Canada and return home to Australia to spend more time with my wife and daughter while being closer to our extended families,” said Hall in a statement distributed by Triathlon Canada today. “My coaching style has always put the athletes at the centre of all decision making. I have done this with the best of intent and with honest feedback. This approach has not always been well received; however, I remain an advocate for honesty and transparency and I am proud of the work I have done in Canada and grateful for the messages of thanks I have received from athletes and parents over the years.”
In today’s statement Triathlon Canada acknowledged that Hall was the coach involved in the “Safesport Update” it reported on its site in June, but emphasized “that Hall’s resignation is in no manner whatsoever related to the recent safe sport claims voiced in the community regarding his alleged breaches of Triathlon Canada’s Code of Concuct and Ethics.”
Shortly after that statement was released, Matthew Sharpe put out his own statement. in which he acknowledged that he was the athlete involved.
Today’s statement continued: “While Hall was found to have contravened certain parts of Triathlon Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics following the conclusion of the independent investigation and disciplinary process in relation to his communication style and training accident protocols, all allegations of abuse, harassment and abuse of power were considered to be unfounded by the independent discipline panel appointed to hear the matter … Hall was suspended for five days from his coaching duties and was required to complete two online modules including one safe sport module and one module related to concussion protocols. Hall respected the process and the outcomes, completed these modules and returned to his coaching duties in the lead up to the Tokyo Games.”
According to today’s statement, “Hall’s last day with Triathlon Canada will be on August 20.”
You can read Triathlon Canada’s full release here.