Four months after winning an historic canoe slalom silver medal at the Rio Olympics, Luuka Jones has parted ways with her coach Campbell Walsh.
The decision centered around Walsh's desire to spend more time at his home in Nottingham in England, where Jones based her overseas training in the lead up to Rio.
However the 28-year-old would prefer to do that elsewhere in Europe as she builds towards Tokyo 2020.
"I was a really tough decision, but one that was mutually agreed upon," Jones revealed to Newshub.
While Walsh has enjoyed working with the Tauranga paddler, he can understand the need for Jones to train outside of Nottingham, with the Czech Republic and France floated as two potential locations.
"There's no other elite paddlers [in Nottingham]," said Walsh.
"It's a good training centre, but in terms of training partners there's none of her standard and something that was identified going forward was that was something she probably needs more of."
The pair began working together in May 2013, following Jones' semi-final appearance in the K1 at the London Olympics.
"Technically he was one of the best paddlers in the world and I'd say one of the best coaches in the world. It's been a really cool journey," said Jones.
"One of the highlights for Rio that helped me perform was that Campbell was so calm on race day. He was just so chilled out and made it seem like just a normal competition and I felt so calm as well."
Walsh would like to continue coaching at an elite level while Jones hopes to have a replacement for her, and fellow paddler Mike Dawson, confirmed by the end of January.
Canoe Slalom recently received an extra $275,000 from High Performance Sport New Zealand following the team's success at the Rio Olympics.