Veteran Hockeyroo, Emily Chalker retires

Posted on January 21, 2022 by

Finishing as a triple Olympian with 88 goals from 255 internationals and medals at major tournaments including gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Emily Chalker announced her retirement alongside teammates Edwina Bone and Ashlee Wells.

Heralding from Crookwell in country New South Wales, the NSW Institute of Sport scholarship athlete and hockey veteran captained the Hockeyroos for a period of her tenure.

A livewire striker, the Tokyo Olympics proved Emily’s piece de resistance as she retires after 11 years in the national program.

“The Olympics finished over six months ago and I only just came to the conclusion that it was time to finish up,” she said.

“When everyone started to go back to training and I wasn’t ready to go back it was a clear indication it was the right time. I didn’t want to say the word retire because I didn’t want to leave something that has been such a huge part of my life.

“As an elite athlete there is that self-doubt wondering whether you are good enough, but I kept getting selected more to my shock than anything else. I was never the most talented hockey player but I think I got the best out of myself, I tried hard, I absolutely love the game and I think that showed in the way I played.”

Hockeyroos Head Coach and former NSWIS Women’s Hockey Head Coach, Katrina Powell lauded Emily’s contribution and impact, identifying the unique strengths she bought to the squad.

“Emily was a great leader for the group. She played some of her best hockey in Tokyo so she is going out on a high and should be really proud of that,” said Katrina.

“She bought such great joy to the group. She has the capacity to make people laugh when we need it.”

Hockey Australia President Ross Sudano congratulated Emily and her retiring teammates on their international hockey careers and thanked them for their outstanding service to the Hockeyroos.

“Representing Australia is an honour and a privilege. For Edwina, Emily and Ashlee to have been such significant contributors to the Hockeyroos program for as long as they have is a reflection of their commitment, resilience, talent, and ability to keep improving,” said Sudano.

“They should be proud of the impact they have had and the mark they have left on the national women’s high-performance program, not just as hockey players but as valuable members of the Hockeyroos squad.”

“On behalf of everyone involved in hockey in Australia, I congratulate them on their hockey careers and wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

Emily Chalker (nee Smith) File
DOB: 28 July 1992
Place of Birth: Crookwell, NSW
Position: Striker
Playing Number: 26
Hockeyroos appearances (goals): 255 (88)
Hockeyroos Cap Number: 457
Hockeyroos Debut: 6/10/2011 v New Zealand

Team Honours/Awards
World Cup Silver Medal 2014
Commonwealth Games Gold Medal 2014
Commonwealth Games Silver Medal 2018
FIH Pro League Silver Medal 2019
Champions Trophy Silver Medal 2014, 2018

Tournament History
Olympic Games 2012, 2016, 2020
Commonwealth Games 2014, 2018
World Cup 2014, 2018
World League 2013, 2015
Champions Trophy 2014, 2016, 2018
Oceania Cup 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
FIH Pro League 2019, 2020

Congratulations on a fantastic career Emily.

 

Article courtesy Hockey Australia. For the full article, read on here.

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