Friday 04 December 2020

Dutch women’s hockey captain Maartje Paumen retires after 12 years

Photo: desevenster.nl/Jan Willem/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: devenster.nl/Jan Willem/Wikimedia Commons

Dutch women’s hockey captain Maartje Paumen, 31, has become the third member of the squad to announce her retirement in recent months.

Paumen, who has 235 caps for the Netherlands and scored 195 goals in internationals, was named the international hockey federation’s player of the year in 2011 and 2012. The penalty corner specialist has two Olympic golds (2008 and 2012) to her name as well as two world titles (2006 and 2014).

‘I’ve had a fantastic career in the Dutch team. It was the time of my life,’ Paumen said after announcing her retirement. ‘But now it is the time to do other things.’

Naomi van As and Ellen Hoog have also both recently announced they are leaving the international game.

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