Following the arrest of CEO and high performance coach of Ajax Swimming, Matt Bell, the club has permanently shut down all operations as of 12:00 a.m Wednesday.
In an email sent to members of the team on Tuesday, Ajax Swimming stated, “the legal, political, financial and practical implications of the events of the last two weeks have made it impossible for the business to continue.”
Bell was arrested Nov. 10 following a three month investigation by the Durham Regional Police sexual assault unit after accusations of an alleged 2011 sexual assault were made against Bell by a former Ajax swimmer in August.
Bell was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and four counts of luring a person under 18 years.
Just hours prior to the announcement that the swim team would cease operations, Julia Wilkinson announced that she would be resigning as head coach of the program. Swimming Canada suspended Bell Nov. 11 following his arrest, and the suspension had not cleared by the time Wilkinson resigned.
The closure of Ajax Swimming leaves several high profile Canadian athletes without a club at this point in time. The club had five athletes on 2015 LC Identified Teams as part of the National Team Development Program.
According to a source close to story, local teams have been accommodating Ajax swimmers during this time.
This is an ongoing story.