Heptathlete and high jumper Sarah Cowley kissing her 14 year international career in Athletics says goodbye to track and field.
Emotional Cowley couldn’t even finish it off saying that she was going to retire. “The essence of sport is having fun, I enjoyed every crumb of it and this decision is not something I wanted to rush into, she said”
With mixed emotions, it’s distressing, but I can look back and be self-righteous of what I’ve done all this while and also of the people that I’ve met, the places I’ve been to and the opportunities that this sport has afforded me.
The 30 year old Olympian represented New Zealand at 16 and went on to battle for the country at two Commonwealth games and the London Olympics.
Last year, the multi-disciplined and talented athlete decided to concentrate on one event and specialized in high jump. At Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games this year she completed 9th which was her most excellent Games result, but still not up to scratch.
“As much as I would have loved the fairy tale in Glasgow, in the finals I just wasn’t physiologically at my best but I did my best with what I had on the day. It was a huge disappointment for me in terms of I wanted to jump a lot higher in the final.”
1.91m is her personal and the second best high jump ever witnessed by a female New Zealander, 1cm off the national record.
She has been approached by the team of NZ women’s rugby sevens with reference to playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but at this point she’s intense to take a break.
The qualified physiotherapist is at the final stage of a communications degree and will be shifting into a funding role with a sportswear company early next year while building her health and wellness website.
The multifaceted athlete has mentioned in her twitter page “Despite the struggle to transition away from the life of a high performance athlete I am really looking forward to a new chapter in life. I will always be an athlete and need some sort of goal in front of me. I am wired in this way. I am retiring – proud of what I achieved; grateful for the people, places and opportunities; and excited about new journeys to come”.