Korner retires from Olympic dream

Ipswich hockey player Amy Korner runs hard during one of her 51 internationals.
Ipswich hockey player Amy Korner runs hard during one of her 51 internationals. File

HAVING played 51 internationals and with the London Olympics looming, Ipswich hockey player Amy Korner had one of the toughest decisions to make.

She's decided to retire from international competition.

Korner, 25, yesterday revealed she was giving up top-level hockey to focus on other aspects of her life.

After missing out on selection in the Hockeyroos Olympic squad, Korner had to weigh up whether to battle on and hope for a lucky break, or move into other areas of her life.

Yet to tell national coach Adam Commens of her decision, Korner said she could no longer justify the demanding training if it amounted to Olympic disappointment.

"This year has been a really hard year for me and I made huge improvements in my fitness and in every aspect of my game," the Flinders View striker said.

"I'm at a stage where I don't think I can get any better and I'd need to, to push my way into the team."

Korner considered other factors like the financial side, university and wanting to move into a house with her boyfriend.

"I'm at that stage of my life where I'm ready to enjoy my life," the aspiring teacher said.

Without knowing it, her honesty and brutal self-assessment provided a wonderful lesson for her future students.

Korner is keen to complete her university teaching studies over the next 18 months.

The Ipswich achiever wants to play club hockey in Brisbane and maybe in Ipswich next year.

She may also return for her 10th year of national league playing with the Queensland Scorchers.

However, she said the time was right to change her routine, as hard as her decision was.

"My heart is not really in it anymore and I think that's a good indication I don't want to play anymore," she said.

Since making her national debut in 2005, Korner has collected a half-century of international games, including two Champions Trophy tournaments and a World Cup.

However, she was overlooked for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and was on the fringe for next year's Olympic Games.

While disappointed to miss the latest Hockeyroos squad, Korner loved representing Australia, especially scoring her first goal and her six trips to Argentina.

"I'm proud of that," she said of playing 51 times for Australia.

"I've had some really good times and really great trips. I had some great memories of the Hockeyroos.

"Not a lot of people get to represent their country.

"My parents have supported me so much and they will be disappointed to see me stop."

But Korner is sure.

"They know I've put everything into it and I can't give anymore," she said.

Topics:  hockey hockeyroos london olympic games

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