Wollongong’s Tristan White has withdrawn from the Australian men’s elite hockey squad.
The 28-year-old made his international debut in 2011, represented Australia 102 times and won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, he felt the time was right to turn his focus to his family.
“I've made this decision with my family, home life and work commitments in front of mind,” White said.
“Given that I've recently become a father, my goalposts have shifted and I want to spend as much time as possible with my family.”
After missing out on the Kookaburras Champions Trophy squad, White was hoping to press his claims for a World Cup berth. However, after the birth of his daughter and with the Kookaburras based in Perth, the Wollongong-based athlete felt he could not fully commit to the cause.
“The Kookaburras have been and still are very important to me, however I am at a point where I am not able to meet all of the rigours that are involved with being in the Kookaburras squad leading into a World Cup.
“I'd like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way at a club, state and national level. The Kookaburras have given me some of my most valued memories, which I'll never forget.
“Being a member of one of world sport’s greatest performing teams has not only improved my hockey, but more importantly, it's improved me as a person.”
While withdrawing from the national squad, White has expressed his desire to represent the Kookaburras again in the future.
Australian coach Colin Batch thanked White for his service and acknowledged that the move won’t permanently close the door on his international career.
“We understand Tristan’s decision was a difficult one but made for the right reasons,” Batch said.
“He will play for NSW in the Australian Hockey League this year, so we will continue to assess his performance and would consider him for future selection should his situation change.
“We wish Tristan, Lauren and their baby daughter Lexi all the best for the future.”