At the recent European Indoor Championships Tia Hellebaut was unable to clear 1.92 metres. She left Göteborg full of doubts.
Combining motherhood with life as a professional athlete was starting to take its toll.
"If I’m no longer able to get charged up for the big moment and excel myself, then it’s time to call it a day.”
"Everything I do, I want to do well. I don’t want to just muddle on.”
"This is the right moment to bring a good career to an end. It’s been a difficult past few months. Combining motherhood with life as a top athlete has left their mark."
This is the second time that Tia Hellebaut has retired from athletics. Tia Hellebaut first retired in 2008 when she was pregnant with her first child.
She made her comeback in 2010. In two 2011 she gave birth to her second daughter. Tia Hellebaut came in fifth in the high jump competition at last summer’s London Olympics.