Olympic bronze medallist Chloe Rogers has announced her retirement from international hockey – bringing to an end a senior career spanning nine years.
The 29-year-old midfielder made her international debut against Japan in 2003 before going on to play a further 161 times for Great Britain and England, winning nine major championship medals in total.
The first of those came at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where she took a penalty flick against New Zealand to help England take bronze.
Further medals at World Cup, European Championships and Champions Trophy level followed as well as a second Commonwealth bronze at Delhi 2010.
Rogers’ most recent success was at London 2012 where she formed part of the Great Britain women’s team which achieved their best result in 20 years after beating New Zealand to finish third.
That game was her last appearance in an international shirt and, after taking a lengthy break from the sport, she has now decided to call time on her playing days to concentrate on a career in golf and the media.
“It’s been a great honour and I feel very fortunate to have been able to play at the very highest level to represent my country at two Olympic Games, World Cups and other major tournaments,” she said.
“There have been many memorable moments along the way which I will never forget; from winning my first international medal on penalty strokes at the 2006 Commonwealth Games to the incredible experience of winning a medal at a home Olympic Games in 2012.
“As much as I will always miss competing, especially in a team environment, it felt like the right time to try new adventures.
“Since London 2012 I have been trying to develop a future career in media and the world of golf which has certainly been very challenging and is keeping me pretty busy.”
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