Athletics Australia suspends coach Eric Hollingsworth over spat with Sally Pearson

ATHLETICS Australia says it had no choice but to suspend head coach Eric Hollingsworth.

The suspension comes after Hollingsworth publically criticised team captain and Gold Coaster Sally Pearson.

In a statement Hollingsworth said the Olympic gold medallist showed poor leadership, missing a recent team camp.


“Sally was coming all along until the last minute when she opted to take a race in London,” Hollingsworth said in a statement.

“What’s lost here is she’s the team captain and there’s a reasonable expectation she’d be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games. Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team.”

Athletics Australia said in a statement that Hollingsworth knew not to air his complaints publicly and should be focusing on supporting the athletes.

“He acted without the authority of Athletics Australia and in contravention of the specific instructions of the chief executive officer,” the statement read.

“Athletics Australia condemns in the strongest terms his disparaging comments about Sally Pearson and his timing.”

Hollingsworth will remain suspended “until such time as the Athletics Australia board can convene to consider the matter”.