About

Date of Birth: 10/05/1985

Current Residence: Maidenhead, BERKSHIRE

Club: Soar Valley Canoe Club

Home Town: Clitheroe, LANCASHIRE

Height/weight: 182cm/81kg

Coach: Alex Nikonorov

Kayak: Nelo Vanquish III

Paddles: Jantex Gamma Large minus

Paddle machine: Speed Stroke

Biography

Jon started canoeing at a young age, initially through the cub-scout racing league, which introduced numerous young paddlers to the sport in the 80s and 90s. Spotted by a local racer, he was then given the opportunity to take up wildwater racing. The sport appealed to jon and was the start of a long journey.

Under the guidance of several coaches Jon progressed through the ranks and made it into the national junior team. In 2002, Jon won the junior World Championships held on home turf in Bala, North Wales.

Moving into the senior categories Jon continued to work hard, gradually increasing the training volume and achieving more success. He has won numerous world cup medals, including overall victory in the 2006 series and also become European champion in 2007. The world championships title has continued to elude Jon however and remains a serious goal.

In 2007 Jon changed canoeing disciplines to begin to compete in the Olympic flatwater sprint kayaking discipline. Success came instantly, forming a successful partnership with Ben Brown in the 500m K2. 9th place at the 2007 world championships however was not quite enough to qualify for the 2008 Olympic games. Despite winning medals at U23 level, both athletes moved on to compete in different events for the 2010 season.

Liam and Jon after winning the 2010 European title

Changes to the Olympic program saw 200m racing introduced as an Olympic event. The shorter distances have always been ideally suited to Schofield, so the decision to change distances was an easy one. After training for a winter under the guidance of a new coach, Alex Nikonorov, Jon formed a K2 crew with Guildford based athlete Liam Heath. This partnership has so far proved strong, winning national selection in a course record time, before taking back-to-back victories in the World cup series. Now ranked as the fastest crew in the world this year, they faced a showdown as favourites at the European championships in Trasona, Spain. They faced stiff competition but managed a narrow and historic win over the Spanish World and Olympic champions.

The world championships in 2010 was to prove a tougher test with the British crew finishing 3rd in a desperately tight finish, only 5hundredths of a second behind the win. A first world championship medal for the pair really capped off a great year, with both aiming to improve in 2011.

During this time Jon also completed a degree in Human Biology at Loughborough university, graduating in june 2010. Loughborough is one of the top institutions in the country for developing sporting talent, the time spent here undoubtedly helped Jon develop as an athlete.

2011 saw a continuation of the good form that they enjoyed in 2010, second place in two world cup races behind the French world champions, as well as a 2nd win at the European championships cemented their position as consistent world class performers. The world championships ended up being another showdown between the British and the French, with the French crew taking a narrow win. Winning silver at the world championships was a new career high for both athletes, as well as qualifying a place in the 2012 Olympics.

The crew trained superbly over the winter leading into 2012, making good improvements leading into the Olympic season. They won medals at the world cup races in tricky circumstances and defended their European title for the 3rd year in a row. The Olympics in London was the experience of a lifetime for the pair, their first and possibly only chance of racing in front of a home crowd. They had their work cut out with the emergence of a strong Russian crew as well as resurgent Bealarussian pair. They won the bronze medal, a whisker behind silver. Securing a first Olympic medal was a dream come true for the pair, especially contributing to a record medal haul for team GB.

Both paddlers are looking to have a bit of a rest before getting back into training and pursuing another successful few seasons of racing. Hopefully onto Rio…!!

Career highlights

Flatwater

2007

  • World Championships, K2 500m, 9th
  • European U23 Championships, K2 500m, 3rd

2008

  • European Championships, K2 500m, 9th

2010

  • World Cup, 1st round, k2 200m 1st
  • World Cup, 2nd round, k2 200m 1st
  • European Championships, k2 200m, 1st
  • World Championships, k2 200m 3rd

2011

  • World Cup, 1st round, k2 200m 2nd
  • World Cup, 2nd round, k2 200m 2nd
  • European Championships, k2 200m, 1st
  • World Championships , k2 200m 2nd

2012

  • World Cup, 1st round, k2 200m 3rd
  • World Cup, 2nd round, k2 200m 2nd
  • European Championships, k2 200m, 1st
  • Olympic Games , k2 200m 33rd
  • Wildwater

    2002

    • Junior world Championships, Classic, 1st
    • Commonwealth Championships, Sprint, 1st

    2005

    • World Cup, 2nd round, 3rd

    2006

    • World Cup, overall, 1st

    2007

    • European Championships, Sprint, 1st

    2009

    • World Cup 2nd round, 3rd
    • World Cup 4th round, 2nd
    • World cup 6th round, 2nd
    • World cup overall 3rd

    2010

    • World Championships, Sprint, 4th