Hockey Australia today advises Kookaburras defender Tristan White has withdrawn from the National Senior Men’s Squad indefinitely and effective immediately.
The 28-year-old, who hails from Wollongong and has been based there for the past two years, has made the decision to step away due to being unable to fully commit to the Kookaburras programme ahead of the 2018 World Cup in November and December.
“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.
“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.”
White, who has 102 caps to his name, said he is not retiring from international hockey and would like to be considered for the Kookaburras in future years.
Kookaburras Head Coach Colin Batch said: “We understand Tristan’s decision was a difficult one but made for the right reasons.
“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.”