Sprinter decides to step aside after 19 years of being in athletics to “make way for the young ones coming through”
After four Paralympic Games sprinter Hazel Robson has announced her retirement from competitive athletics.
The 33-year-old, who has won five Paralympic medals including T36 100m gold in Sydney, has had a consistent career, but says now is the time to step aside and focus on her next journey.
“I’ve been in athletics for 19 years now and I think it is the right time to retire now,” she said. “It was a hard decision, but I was always thinking about the right time to make way for the young ones coming through.
“I know I got through to the final in London, but it was tough just getting through the heats with the 16 and 17 year olds and I just can’t keep up with them now.”
Robson now holds aspirations of staying in the sport and coaching a future Olympic medallist.
“My plans now are to find a job. I’m going to keep on training, because of my cerebral palsy might get tight and I want to keep fit so I’m in the gym all the time.
“I would like to be a coach in the future and train a youngster to win medals just as I did.”