Canadian triathlete Simon Whitfield retires
Victoria triathlete Simon Whitfield has announced his retirement from the competitive triathalon field.
“Today marks the end of my career as a professional athlete; it’s been an incredible journey and an amazing chapter in my life," Whitfield wrote in a statement on his website on October 23.
Lauded by many as the best triathlete in Canadian history, the 38-year-old won the first-ever gold medal for the triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the silver in Beijing in 2008. Whitfield also brought home medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1999 and 2002, and won 12 Canadian championships in the triathalon.
He was also honoured as the flagbearer for Canada's Olympic team in London in 2012.
Whitfield will now head up the sports entertainment division of Fantan Group, an international consultancy group.