The SCA is extremely pleased to announce that Jon Schofield, one of Britain’s most successful Canoe Sprint paddlers, will be joining the SCA staff team as the new Head of Performance & Pathways.
Jon has had a very successful career as a performance athlete, winning Olympic Bronze and Silver medals, along with Liam Heath, in K2 200m events at London and Rio. He also has a developed academic background, completing undergraduate and master’s degrees and is currently studying for a Biomechanics PhD at the University of Lincoln.
Jon’s paddling experience is much broader than Sprint, having been Junior World Champion in Wild Water Racing, and then gone on to be the winner of the World Cup in 2006 and European Champion in 2007 in this discipline.
Over the course of his career Jon has developed a strong knowledge of all areas relating to high performance. He has worked with world leading experts in sports sciences and has delivered consultancy projects and public speaking engagements across a range of businesses, sports and education establishments.
Brian Chapman, SCA Chair said: “It is great to have attracted Jon to join the SCA in this important role. His credibility as an athlete is beyond question and his vision for the future development of an already successful performance program is very exciting, becoming even more athlete centric and joined up with other elements of the performance pathway. I am very much looking forward to working with Jon and to witnessing the future success of our program under his leadership”
Stuart Smith, SCA Chief Executive Officer said: “We look forward to welcoming Jon to lead our Performance and Pathways work at the SCA. We have no doubt that he will make a substantial and positive contribution within Performance and Pathways and to the wider development of excellence in paddlesport in Scotland.”
Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance, sportscotland institute of sport said: “It’s fantastic to see an athlete of Jon’s calibre taking up a leadership role with a governing body here in Scotland. Jon will bring a wealth of experience to the role having progressed through the sporting system to reach the pinnacle of his sport, and will no doubt inspire a whole new generation of paddlers to follow in his footsteps.
“We know the value that someone like Jon can bring to this important performance role and that is why we are delighted to support his appointment with National Lottery investment.”
Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director at British Canoeing, said: “I am looking forward to continuing our working relationship with Jon in his new role. His professionalism, commitment and passion for canoeing has been evident throughout his career and I have no doubt that he will bring those attributes alongside his forensic attention to detail to develop the programmes at the SCA.”
Jon has an ambitious vision for the development of our Slalom and Sprint programmes; building them to be world leading teams, balancing high performance and wellbeing whilst maximising the benefits that engagement in paddlesports offers. This approach will enable us to continue to support our athletes so that they can excel and reach the standard to join British Canoeing Podium Potential and Podium programmes. We look forward to welcoming Jon to the SCA in April when he will start part time, moving to full time in June.