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Sex-Case Triatholon Coach Shunned

Controversial Queensland triathlon coach Brett Sutton has been barred from conducting planned workshops with young triathletes in England because he is a convicted sex offender.
Sutton was due to run a weekend camp at Torquay in April with some of Britain's most promising young triathletes, but officials intervened to stop him attending.
The 12 participants had paid about $A500 each to attend.
Sutton pleaded guilty in 1999 in the Southport District Court on the Gold Coast to sexually abusing a 13-year-old five times, dating back 12 years, while he was her swimming coach in Brisbane.
He was sacked by Triathlon Australia and is now based in Switzerland.
"I would have been surprised if Mr Sutton was able to receive a permit to enter the UK to work as a coach," said Norman Brook, chief executive of the British Triathlon Association.
"Due to his conviction, Mr Sutton would not be able to work with young people under the age of 18 in this country, nor would he be permitted to be employed as a coach where it might reasonably be expected that he would come into contact with young people."
As a coach, Sutton has been responsible for the success of many of Australia's leading triathletes, but he is persona non grata in most of the sport.
He is denied access to World Cup sites by the International Triathlon Union, while it also instructs national governing bodies not to pay him for coaching and tries to persuade athletes to have nothing to do with him.
Sutton was last night unavailable for comment but Sam Renouf, the organiser of the Torquay camp, confirmed it had been scrapped.

AAP (23-1-2005)
Mark Hazel

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