Cullen set to return from international retirement

Crista Cullen.
Crista Cullen.

Crista Cullen is hoping to return to international hockey.

The Boston-born athlete retired after claiming bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games to begin working in Kenya.

But she is making herself available for selection for the Great Britain Women’s squad from October time.

Cullen has 79 caps and 32 goals for Great Britain and was the top penalty corner scorer at London 2012.

The Great Britain Women’s team has enjoyed recent success in winning the World League semi-final in Valencia last month, which directly qualified them for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Danny Kerry, head coach of the Great Britain women’s hockey team, said: “Following a conversation with Crista in May, she will be returning to the Great Britain squad at our training venue at Bisham Abbey for an extended period of assessment through October and November.

“If successful in that assessment period, Crista will be offered a place within the wider squad of athletes as they continue preparations towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

Cullen added: “I am excited about the opportunity to return to international hockey and to have a chance once more to compete for a place in the Great Britain Squad.

“I am well aware of the challenge ahead and the progress that the squad has made since London 2012 and I am looking forward to watching many of those players compete for England and Scotland in the forthcoming Unibet EuroHockey Championships back at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in August.”