Honest Korner Retires from Olympic Dream

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

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.

C[pounds sterling]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,C[yen] the Flinders View striker said.

C[pounds sterling]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.C[yen]

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

C[pounds sterling]I'm at that stage of my life where I'm ready to enjoy my life,C[yen] 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. …

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