Extract from her blog: www.katedennison.net
So here it goes… I have decided to retire from pole vault, after nearly a 12 year career, representing my country for the last 11 years.
I am extremely proud of my achievements and have had an amazing time involved in a sport that I love.
From breaking British records on both a junior and senior level, finishing 6th place at a World Championships and European Championships to a Commonwealth bronze medal and becoming a double Olympian, which of course meant representing Team GB at a home Olympics – it has been a fantastic journey!
I know I could not have achieved any of this without the help of:
My coach Steve Rippon, who coached me from 4m to 4.60m and also Scott Simpson who coached me for the last 2 years of my career.
My physio, Rone Thompson, has held me together through injuries and helped me prevent many more.
UK lottery funding & UK athletics have supported me for many many years and my sponsors, Nike and Maximuscle.
Finally, my family and friends who have supported me through all the highs and lows.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.
So what next?
Well I am going to start a new career in the personal training industry along side my sports massage, and public speaking. I feel I have so much to offer after so many years of looking after my body, and dealing with the ups and downs of such a competitive life style, I want to pass on all my knowledge and experience.
And finally, I want to thank you all for all your support. Until next time…
Athleticos would like to thank Kate Dennison for her service to the sport. She helped put British Womens Pole Vault on the global map, and her performances on the world stage have been key in inspiring the next generation.