Olympic heptathlete Kylie Wheeler announces retirement
Dual Olympic heptathlete and Commonwealth Games
medallist Kylie Wheeler
has today announced
her retirement from athletics, closing the book on an impressive
career that spanned 13 years.
Wheeler, 29, who represented Australia at the past two Olympic
Games and also has a gold (4 x 400m relay) and two silver medals
(heptathlon) from Commonwealth Games campaigns in 2002 and 2006,
has decided to focus more time on work commitments and interests
outside of athletics.
The decision comes nine months after the Beijing Games, where
Wheeler set a new personal best (6369 points) in finishing tenth
in the Bird’s Nest Stadium.
“I thought Beijing would be the last Games for me, but I wanted to
take some time to make sure that I was making the right decision,”
“I’m happy with where I’m at and with what I’ve achieved to make
that decision now and move on.
“I’m definitely looking forward to spending more time with my
family and getting my career going, my family has been a big
support and I feel it’s time to give back.”
Wheeler, who won six national titles and also represented Australia
at the 2005 and 2007 world championships, considers the silver
medal that she won at the 2002 Commonwealth Games her fondest
“My career highlight was probably the 2002 Comm Games, the result
was possibly a little bit more unexpected but Melbourne was
fantastic being on home soil, and Olympic Games are special as they
are the Olympic Games,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler has been a tremendous ambassador for Athletics Australia,
Athletics Western Australia and the Western Australian Institute of
Sport, and her leadership was rewarded when named joint captain
(with Clinton Hill
) of the athletics team for the
2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
“I’ve been lucky to have the support of my family and coaches as
well as the support from WAIS, Athletics Australia and Athletics
Western Australia throughout my career.”
Wheeler plans to continue her studies and will continue her
role as the development officer for Athletics Western