New Zealand striker Gemma McCaw announces international retirement

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New Zealand striker Gemma McCaw [née Flynn] has decided to call time on her remarkable career, after an illustrious career for the Dark Sticks.

McCaw was a part of the Black Sticks’ group in Beijing at 2008 and helped New Zealand to back-to-back fourth-place endings in the London and Rio Games.

Following Rio 2016, McCaw took some time away from the match. But after giving birth in December 2018, she made a dramatic return to the turf in 2019 in New Zealand’s Ford National Hockey League.

Last year that the 30-year old made a remarkable return to the National Hockey League, and came back to the Dark Sticks in February, having an eye on participate in Tokyo.

At a message for her fans and followers on Instagram, McCaw clarified the reasons behind her decision.

“After I came out of retirement to re-join the Dark Sticks a year ago, I had been really excited to be back working and playing towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nobody could have envisioned a worldwide pandemic becoming the way of the fantasy, however there are things beyond our control. Lockdown taught me several things, but most significantly these seven months in home brought into consideration just how important family is. So, with this in mind, I have made the choice to finish my Dark Sticks travel here.

“that I am so happy I gave it another chance and I am pleased to have done this as a Mum, however I believe it is time now to concentrate on our loved ones. I’d love to thank my trainer Graham [Shaw] along with my mates for their service in addition to my loved ones members and friends. A very special mention for my spouse [former New Zealand rugby star Richie McCaw] because of his encouragement and being the finest Dad to Lottie that people can ever ask for. In my little girl, I love you beyond words, thank you for travelling well and being my purpose every step of the way. And last but definitely not least, my heart-felt thanks to my incredible mother, who gave up a year of her life to encourage us. This wouldn’t have been possible without you. It Requires a village, and now I am so thankful for mine #thankyou

McCaw completes her international career with 254 caps along with a hugely impressive 72 goals.

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