Bartlett calls it a day

Laura Bartlett and Helen Richardson in Debenhams fashion shoot

Scottish Hockey today confirmed that Scotland and Great Britain star Laura Bartlett (pictured above left with GB teammate Helen Richardson) has retired from international hockey.

The 2011 BOA Athlete of the Year won 107 international caps in total, appearing for Scotland 57 times and representing Great Britain on 50 occasions.

Commenting on her decision to retire, Bartlett said, “I have had an amazing journey as a hockey player with both Scotland and Great Britain, making many friends along the way. Being part of three Olympic cycles has been fantastic and all the hard work was rewarded last summer when the team won the Bronze Medal at London 2012.

“However, I have the made the decision to step away from hockey and focus on a career outside of the sport. I am entering a new phase of my life where I have a new job that I wish to concentrate on and put my efforts into building a career.

“I would like to thank all the coaches, players and managers who have supported me throughout my international career and wish both the Scotland and Great Britain teams the very best of luck for future competitions.”

The former Milne Craig Clydesdale Western midfielder’s international hockey highlights include being called up to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, a second place finish and silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in Argentina last year, and starring as an ever-present in Danny Kerry’s bronze medal winning Great Britain side at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Bartlett last played for Scotland in 2011, helping the national side to the EuroHockey Nations Championship II title in Poland and a bronze medal at the FIH Champions Challenge in Ireland, where her successful sudden death penalty defeated a much fancied Spanish side. She was also awarded Player of the Tournament following a number of excellent performances.

Scotland Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, “Laura will be a huge loss to Scotland and she played some amazing hockey when she represented the national side. She was a great role model to the players within the squad and an absolute privilege to coach.

“On behalf of Scottish Hockey, I would like to say thank you to Laura and wish her the very best in her future career.”