Jennie Bimson, Great Britain and England mid fielder, has announced her retirement from international hockey with immediate effect.
The 31-year-old leaves the international game after a total of 11 years playing for her country, earning 198 caps playing for Great Britain and England.
Since making her debut for England in 1997, Bimson has competed for England in three Commonwealth Games, three European Championships, three World Cups and the 2002 Champions challenge. However, Bimson’s lifetime ambition was achieved when she played for Great Britain in the Beijing Olympics.
“I have lived the dream for the past 11 years in representing my country,” she said. “Now, however, is the right time for me to retire. Appearing at the Beijing Olympics was a lifetime’s ambition come true and the memories of the event will live with me forever.”
In her celebrated career, Bimson won two Commonwealth silver medals and a Commonwealth bronze, two silver medals in the European championships and gold in the 2002 Champions Challenge.
“I could not have had a successful career without the help of so many different people,” she said, “I am so grateful for everyone’s assistance and support.”
Great Britain and England coach, Danny Kerry, was one person who was quick to praise Bimson after experiencing her career first hand.
“One of my lasting memories of Jennie will be the Argentina match at the Beijing Olympic Games where she was instrumental in helping the team to suffocate the world’s best player, Luciana Aymar. The way Jennie started that game epitomised the spirit she has brought to her international career.
“She has consistently brought an energy to the group and to the pitch which will be sorely missed,” said Kenny.
Bimson will continue to play in the Slazenger England hockey league for Leicester this season, as well as holding down her full time public relations job with Macesport.
Kim Blythe, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine