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Leah Wilkinson Retires from International Hockey

6th March 2023

By Surbiton HC

Surbiton’s Leah Wilkinson has retired from international hockey after almost two decades in the senior Wales side and with an Olympic bronze medal in her locker.

Leah made her senior international debut as a teenager in 2004 and went on to become Wales’ most-capped sportsperson, amassing 204 appearances for Wales and Great Britain, with the 200 cap milestone coming in last year’s Commonwealth Games.

With Wales, as well as going to four Commonwealth Games (Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018, Birmingham 2022) and nine European Championships, Leah was made captain in 2018. 15 years after her Welsh debut, she stepped out in Great Britain colours for the first time in 2019 and 18 months later was standing on the podium in Tokyo as part of GB’s bronze medal winning side.

Leah will continue to play club hockey for Surbiton alongside her career as a history teacher.

From all at the club, congratulations to Leah on a fantastic international career and best wishes for your future endeavours on and off the pitch.

Leah Wilkinson - Roll of Honour

Debut: 2004
Caps: 183
Tournaments: 9 European Championships & 4 Commonwealth Games
Captain: 2018-2023

Great Britain
Debut: 2019
Caps: 21
Tournaments: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (bronze medal)

Click here for Wales Hockey’s full tribute to Leah’s career and achievements.