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Noi Tucker announces her retirement from the Australian squad 31/5

Des Ryan, Bowls Australia, Thursday, 31 May 2007

One of Australia’s leading bowlers, Noi Tucker, retired from international competition today (31/5).

Tucker was part of Australia’s record-breaking 2006 Commonwealth Games team, winning a silver medal in the triples.

A member of the Jindalee Bowls Club in Brisbane, she won a place in the development section of the Australian Bowls Squad in 2003 and made her international debut at the open level in January 2006 at the Tri Nations Cup.

Just two months later Tucker was standing on the dais at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games with a silver medal around her neck.

In a relatively short space of time she developed a strong reputation as an outstanding lead bowler, playing a prominent role in Australia’s triples and fours combinations.

At the 2007 Trans Tasman Test series in March — her last representative outing — Tucker helped Australia win the women’s series 2-1 and bring home the overall Trans Tasman Trophy.

Tucker said that at 46 and as the oldest player in the national squad she felt it was time to make way for one of the many younger players pushing for selection.

“There is so much talent in the Australian Bowls Squad, all of whom are looking for a chance to represent their country,” Tucker said.

“I feel my retirement will give another player the opportunity to experience what I have been so privileged to enjoy.

“I have been blessed to have achieved so many personal goals in bowls.

“To be included in Bowls Australia’s high performance program and receive the knowledge and training from the high performance team, which in my opinion is the best in the world, was an honour.

“And to play for Australia was just a dream come true.”

Tucker plans to pursue a career as a bowls coach and hopes to play a role in promoting the sport both in Australia and in her native Thailand.

Bowls Australia’s high performance manager Kim Littlejohn praised Tucker’s contribution to the national squad and to Australia’s recent strong performances on the international stage.

“Noi has been a credit to her country whenever she has worn the green and gold,” said Littlejohn.

“We always knew Noi would give 100 per cent every time she stepped onto the green and her contribution to Australian bowls since 2003 has been fantastic.

“She will be sorely missed by the squad as Noi has a really happy disposition and was a very popular team-orientated member of the group.”