Kookaburras defender, Tim Deavin announced his retirement from International Hockey
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Hockey Australia today confirms Kookaburras defender Tim Deavin has retired from international hockey effective immediately.

Deavin, 33, has not represented Australia since the 2016 Rio Olympics but has now made his intentions official, having also played for his state Tasmania at recent Australian Hockey Leagues.

Launceston-born Deavin enjoyed a decorated international career, amassing 138 caps and scoring six goals after debuting in May 2010.

He won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Games, while he was part of the Australian side which won the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.

Deavin was also twice part of Champions Trophy-winning Kookaburras sides (2010 and 2011) and was part of the Australian side that won the 2015 World League Final too.

“The highlights which stand out are my debut which was against Egypt at the Azlan Shah Cup,” Deavin said.

“I don’t really get nervous very often but I was that day. That was an exciting and proud moment for me and my family after all the hard work as a kid. It was great to have my parents there.

“Winning my first major title at the Champions Trophy in 2010 was amazing, my first Olympics in London and winning a World Cup were unbelievable particularly with a record margin against the home side.”

He added: “Also as a proud Tasmanian, being able to play in Josh Beltz and Jeremy Edwards’ first games was pretty cool and great to be able to enjoy that with them.

“I also want to thank my long-term Tasmanian Institute of Sport coach Andrew McDonald for his guidance throughout as well as my family who were with me every step of the way.”

Hockey Australia High Performance Director Toni Cumpston praised Deavin for his contribution to the success of the Kookaburras.

“Tim was a really tough, dogged defender who was an integral member and leader during a successful era for the Kookaburras over the past eight years,” she said.

“He has that competitive Tasmanian spirit which enabled him to get the best out of himself and be successful on the world stage.

“We wish him every success in his future.”