Zim triathlon coach quits

HARARE - Wayne Davidson, the Triathlon Zimbabwe (TZ) national team coach, has stepped down from his post.

Davidson had been on a coaching sabbatical over the involvement of the controversial Dave Gardner’s within the sport.

Gardner was convicted by a Harare magistrate for indecently assaulting two school boys while he was a sports teacher at St John’s College back in 2008.

He appealed against his conviction at the High Court and has been out on bail with the case yet to move forward since then.  

“Please be advised that the executive board have received the resignation of Mr. Wayne Davidson as member of the board and also as national coach,” TZ said in a statement yesterday. 

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Wayne for his time and contribution to the sport over many years.”

Since Davidson took his break from the triathlon earlier this year, Pam Fulton took over as interim coach in his absence.

Davidson had made clear his reservations about Gardner’s involvement with triathlon in an interview with the Daily News at the start of the year.

“Dave (Gardner) was convicted in 2008 of sexual assault on four St John’s boys. He has not served his two-year sentence and continues to coach kids. I have told TZ that I will only continue if I receive some assurances regarding him.”

TZ had distanced itself from the issue back in April while Gardner did not respond to questions sent to him.

“With regard to Mr. Gardener, Triathlon Zimbabwe have no relationship with Mr. Gardener. He is not involved in any Official capacity with Triathlon Zimbabwe,” TZ president Rick Fulton said at the time.

“He is employed in his personal capacity by parents of athletes and also by athletes to Coach them.

“The position of the National Coach will be dealt with at the forthcoming Association's Annual General Meeting.”

The AGM which was scheduled to have been held at the begging of this month was however, postponed to next month.

Davidson, however, decided to step down before the AGM.

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