"I know he's been under a bit of pressure, but it shouldn't resort to going to those sorts of extremes," he said. Drake said the tweet was technically a breach of CA's code of conduct. "I would not be at all shocked if the top two teams at the Olympics are Australia and Italy, or Australia and Great Britain, and Denmark — who set three world records in a row — don't medal. These days I am an everyday cyclist striving for personal improvements, fun and effective training sessions, and the thrill, freedom, and enjoyment that the sport of cycling offers. "This shows that there was little to no consideration for the Athletes themselves and with Simon's program strategy purely based on Olympic success. Hello fellow cyclist, coach Simon here from Simon Says Cycling. Former England and Glamorgan cricketer, Simon Jones MBE is the latest addition to the Cathedral School sports coaching team. 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Despite Australia exiting a Track World Championships without a gold medal for the first time in twelve years, Australian Cycling Team Performance Director Simon Jones remains focussed on the team's overarching strategy which is aiming to deliver success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. And Cycling Australia, who manages media for both CA and the Australian Cycling Team, said it needed to respect “the privacy of the impacted individuals”. This follows a number of high profile riders being dumped from the track program in the past few years resulting in two defections (Shane Perkins to Russia, Jordan Kerby to New Zealand) and just two weeks ago, Caitlin Ward had this to say on Instagram after she was cut from the program. "I think you can have better chosen words. Performance director Simon Jones has spoken publicly for the first time since a Cycling Australia restructure sparked significant backlash on social media last month after seven staff members were given their marching orders. Sutton's CA contract was not renewed and he went on to take a job with USA Cycling. Jones, speaking after the Berlin world championships, said Australia's priority was the Tokyo Olympics and not lead-up events. But he said that the use of a swear word in the tweet was a "momentary aberration" that did not warrant any disciplinary action. Edgar also believes the shake up will cause unncessary instability among athletes and staff he will now no longer mentor through to their biggest objective, the Tokyo Olympics. Brands | 350 connections | View Simon's homepage, profile, activity, articles. It is the first time since 2008 that an Australian team has not won at least one gold medal at the world championships. Coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling combines cutting edge sports science and technology with a deep interest in the mental side and many years of experience coaching cyclists of all levels. "I haven't been a fan of everything that Simon Jones has implemented since he's been brought into the high-performance program, but … if you don't know all the details then you're better off trying to find them out before you level lots of criticism.". Simon, who played international cricket for England 18 times and was an integral member of the 2005 winning Ashes side will become sports coach next month. McEwen said decisions about people losing their jobs had caused some of the ongoing criticism of Jones. "We want him and the team to focus on the main target which is Tokyo and not get distracted by comments in the media.". Drake said he had "every confidence in Simon and the athlete group", while acknowledging that the team did not perform to expectation at the world championships. Cycling Coaching . Simon Jones with members of the Australian team at the 2017 Track Worlds (Image credit: Michael Aisner) Simon Jones is familiar with success and gold medals. Eight days after Ward published her note, the Australian Cycling Team attempted to explain staffing changes in a media release, quoting Simon Jones and CA’s CEO Steve Drake but offering no names and no further details. McEwen, a three-time winner of the Tour de France's points classification, said Jones had attracted criticism for the performance of Australian track cycling ever since he was appointed. Seven staff members to go in Cycling Australia restructure. About Coach Simon Kessler. "He's in a position that's government funded. Jones has been working with the professional outfit Team Sky and was previously the head coach of British Cycling. 23/02/2017 at 20:10 | Updated 23/02/2017 at 20:21. "Continuity is vital at this stage of an Athlete Centric Program, the relationship between Athlete and Coach having been carefully honed and understood over the previous three years of an Olympic cycle. "We got a great team of riders, coaches, support and sponsors. The Scotsman and former Olympian joined the Australian track program three years ago from the dominant British Cycling system, appointed by Simon Jones who Edgar says is solely responsible for the overhaul of which he is highly critical. Photo: Cycling Australia performance director Simon Jones took … "We don't want to be flying in Berlin in early March. Simon Jones: Back to school as a coach for 2005 Ashes hero - BBC … "People who lost their positions in the high-performance unit … a lot of people are standing up for them and calling for the head of Simon Jones as a bit of retribution for coming in and taking someone else's spot, as it were," he said. Edgar's open letter sparked a number of discussions on social media last night including this tweet from 2011 omnium world champion Michael Freiberg. Dismiss. Jones was appointed to his role at Cycling Australia in 2017 following the Australian track team's disappointing performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics where it won just a silver and a bronze medal despite high hopes of multiple medals, including golds. "I thought it was rushed and not very well done. Read More. Simon is passionate about High Performance Sport, and his experience balancing the demands of coaching Olympic athletes and helping to develop the support structure around them is rare. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. By. Full Triathlon and Duathlon packages by coaches Ian Dempsey and Adam Clarke. Disciplines: Road Race, Time Trial, Fondo/Sportive, Triathlon/Duathlon Cycling Leg . "They weren't peaking for the worlds, they weren't going to win world championships in Berlin, because only a matter of months later we're on to the Tokyo Olympics," he said. "It [the tweet] is unprofessional if that's your role," he said. The press release also said Cycling Australia would recruit a number of new positions including a director of coaching and director of performance pathways but the exact number was not specified. Join to … Now they're back in lockdown, Pandanus trees can help prevent coastal erosion, but a pest is killing them off, WA power prices slashed during the day, doubled during peak in new trial to protect grid, Teen accused of bashing 71yo neighbour in Brisbane unit. McEwen, a three-time winner of the Tour de France's points classification, said Jones had attracted criticism for the performance of Australian track cycling ever since he was appointed. Two of the men behind Team GB's Olympic success were vying for position of high performance director at Cycling Australia... by Simon_MacMichael. In a Cycling Australia (CA) statement released last Thursday, performance director Jones announced the restructure of the high performance program which included the redundancies of seven unspecfied staff members and a further refocusing of four roles in order to "increase the chance of success in 2021.". Simon Jones is to join Cycling Australia as high performance director. Simon Jones Head of Equity Operations (UK) at Yum! By national sport reporter David Mark. That is entirely feasible.". Jones was criticised by many within Australian cycling after a tweet (now deleted) surfaced in which he colourfully addressed critics of the track team's performance at the world championships earlier this year. The code of conduct states — in part — that all persons who are bound by the code shall "act in a manner which is compatible with the interests of CA". "No consultation, no compensation, no remorse," he said. Simon has lived in South Africa, France, and is now based in Boulder, Colorado. We want to be flying in Tokyo.". If China stops taking Australia's coal, will other countries fill the gap? As an athlete, Simon won 15 national championship titles on the road and track and raced professionally for 6 years around … "We asked him to delete it and he did," Drake said, adding Jones acknowledged it was not a great choice of words. "And I just hope that down the track that he does go on and do what he's paid to do and do exceptionally well at the Olympic Games. Coach Simon is a 15 time South African National champion on the road and the track, including 2 time South African National road race champion as a professional. Jones took to Twitter following the world titles in Berlin earlier this month to defend Australia's showing after it failed to win gold and only came away with a silver and two bronze medals. "The Team will recruit a number of new roles including a Director of Coaching and Director of Performance Pathways." Simon joins the Cathedral School as cricket is introduced at the school this year for girls. Bates said his criticism of Jones was multilayered. Triathlon/Duathlon. He's also in a position that's supported by Cycling Australia, so he's got a responsibility to uphold some dignity.". Cycling Australia's new high performance director Simon Jones has a nifty line in analogies. Ross Edgar with Matthew Glaetzer in 2018 (Getty). "When other countries are breaking world records and we're not up there with them, it would suggest that we've got a fair bit of work to do.". "Since he's started, there's been calls for him to be booted straight away," said McEwen, who represented Australia at three Olympics. On the Tuesday after the 2020 track cycling world championships, RIDE Media published a comment piece about Cycling Australia’s campaign in Berlin and how it was managed by the high-performance director of the Australian Cycling Team, Simon Jones.. "The youngsters did very well, it is great to see, and that is a testament to the Academy in that we are providing opportunities to younger talent. "We were not consulted about these changes and neither were the (other) redundancies. Simon Jones The Coach Station Sharp Street Walkden Manchester M28 3LX Tel: 0161 790 9495 Fax: 0161 790 9400 Email: simon@jones-executive.co.uk . Bates is a supporter of renowned Australian coach Gary Sutton, whose CA contract ended soon after Jones began his position. There are massive fines and threats of contract terminations if anyone speaks out.Just before famous tweet above, the team was called into meetings at Worlds and their fines for unauthorised communications were doubled. Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Follow our live coverage of the US election aftermath. I am excited to share … The Scotsman and former Olympian joined the Australian track program three years ago from the dominant British Cycling system, appointed by Simon Jones who Edgar says is solely responsible for the overhaul of which he is highly critical. Previous British Cycling’s head coach, Jones had been working at Team Sky when CA appointed him to his current role in 2017. Simon Jones Jobs People Learning Dismiss Dismiss. Cycling Central contacted Cycling Australia on Friday with a number of questions about the restructure but has still not received a response. "This gives us 60 days to leave Australia with our 4-month-old baby boy in the middle of a world-wide pandemic. Within minutes comments started to land on our FB page, while other messages were issued via text and email, as someone told me, “as fodder for … ", "One could say that this is a very unproven move considering the sprint program is a successful one and the short period of time to the Games.". "Simon's 'restructure' is a major change and will see a reduction in support for all coaching rolls (sic) which will impact heavily on the resources available to Athletes and fundamentally changing how all coaches work leading up to the games. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. Join now Sign in. SBS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia. Simon represented South Africa at the Tour de Langkawi 4 times and the Common Wealth Games, Tour of Austria, and made the French National team selection after winning 4 Ile de France championship titles and winning two silver … Jones has been working with the professional outfit Team Sky and was previously the head coach of British Cycling. "I'm not a fan because I thought there were better qualified people for the position," he said. LinkedIn. Australian cycling great Robbie McEwen described Jones's behaviour as disappointing, saying "it wasn't the ideal tweet to send out". Simon Jones has been Head of Performance Support and Innovation at Team Sky for the last three years Henry Robertshaw February 23, 2017 11:45 am Team Sky, stage nine of the 2016 Vuelta a España. Parting statement from @CyclingAus pic.twitter.com/8FI5ZyVmLF. Thu, Feb 23, 2017 11:25. Jones was head coach at British Cycling from 2003 to April 2007, having worked with the team as a physiologist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. PA Sport . Jones was impressed by the results of debutants Maeve Plouffe, 20, Luke Plapp, 19, and Tom Cornish, 20, who moved into the team via the Podium Potential Academy. Dismiss. Shane Sutton has missed out on the job of high performance director at Cycling Australia, with the position going … Sprint coach Ross Edgar says he has just under 60 days to leave the country with his partner and four-month old son after he and several other Australian Cycling Team staff members were shown the door in a restructure. "In the absence of two words in that tweet I wouldn't have had any problems with it," he said. "But we didn't go there targeting that event," he said. McEwen is more bullish about Australia's chances at the Tokyo Olympics than Bates. Simon Jones | Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom | Head of Equity Operations (UK) at Yum! CA's managing director Steven Drake said the organisation could not support the language used in the tweet. Seven staff members will leave the Australian Cycling Team with a further four offered 'refocused' positions following a review of Cycling Australia's high peformance strategy and operations. Thankyou Simon! McEwen, however, said Jones should not have been a target after the Berlin world championships because the Tokyo Olympics was the focus of Australian track cycling this year. Former Great Britain coach Simon Jones will leave Team Sky to become Cycling Australia's high performance director. Nor it seems any other head staff or athletes and those that remain employed and not a part of this facade were promptly informed by Senior Management after our departure.". From £145 per month. This package includes … , — Michael Freiberg (@MichaelFreiberg) May 18, 2020. 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