After an illustrious career representing South Africa in field hockey, Tim Drummond has announced his retirement from the sport. Drummond, who captained the South African national team at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, leaves behind a legacy of exceptional leadership and a remarkable contribution to the game.
With an impressive record of achievements, Tim Drummond has solidified his place as one of South Africa’s finest field hockey players. As the ninth most capped player of all time, Drummond has donned the national colors in a remarkable 163 international matches, showcasing his unwavering dedication and commitment to the sport.
Drummond’s journey in international field hockey included the 2012 Olympic Games. Since then, he has been a consistent presence in the team, leading by example and inspiring his fellow players with his exceptional skills and passion for the game.
Reflecting on Tim Drummond’s retirement, South African Hockey acting CEO Shaune Baaitjies expressed her admiration for the veteran player, saying, “Tim Drummond has been an invaluable asset to South African field hockey throughout his career. His leadership as the captain of the team during the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo was truly remarkable. Tim’s commitment, dedication, and sportsmanship have left an indelible mark on the sport, and he will be greatly missed.”
In a heartfelt statement, Tim Drummond expressed his gratitude towards his teammates and the hockey community, saying, “Once again, just a massive thank you to each and every one of you for all your contributions and commitment to our common cause. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country. I did my best for the team both and off the field. I look forward to continuing to support the team in the stands in the future!”
Drummond’s retirement marks the end of an era in South African field hockey, but his impact on the sport will continue to resonate for years to come. As he bids farewell to the international stage, his teammates, fans, and the entire field hockey community applaud his remarkable achievements and wish him the very best in his future endeavors.