Scottish Olympian, Lee McConnell, has announced her retirement from athletics. The 400m runner who took silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and bronze in Melbourne, was hoping to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year but says being a mother has changed her outlook.
In a statement, the 35-year-old said: “Over the past few months my life has changed in an amazing way - I am now a mum. When I fell pregnant with Ethan I made the decision to continue with training through and post pregnancy and see where that took me. I have now reached the decision that my career as a professional athlete has come to an end.”
Adding: “I was always a working athlete and will continue as a working mum, focusing on the media and other work that has always sat as part of my double career track alongside athletics."
Glasgow native, Lee, expressed her disappointment at not competing at Glasgow 2014 but maintained this was the right decision: “2014 is obviously a huge year for Scotland and this was not an easy decision to make as it means not competing in a home Commonwealth Games. Now is my time however. I am excited for the new opportunities and challenges that retiring from athletics will bring me and look forward to getting involved with a home games – just not as a competing athlete!”