Jo Harten, England’s Commonwealth gold medalist, has announced her retirement from international netball.
Jo Harten, an experienced England shooter who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, has announced her retirement from international netball.
The 34-year-old Roses captain has 117 caps, having played in four World Cups and four Commonwealth Games.
Harten will retire with immediate effect, which means she will miss the World Cup in South Africa this summer.
“It’s been a pleasure. “I appreciate the memories,” Harten stated in a statement.
“Being able to play for England has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” Working alongside incredible athletes to reach a similar goal has always been important to me.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity and will treasure the memories I’ve made with teammates and management who have become like family over the last 16 years.”
Harten and Helen Housby created a formidable shooting duo that helped England win its first Commonwealth gold medal on the Gold Coast five years ago.
However, the shooter’s international career has been marred by injuries in recent years, and she has not been a regular member of head coach Jess Thirlby’s squad.