“Time will get us all, but it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped.” With those words Jamie Heaslip announced his retirement yesterday, using the social media channels which he has managed so well through his career to highlight how much of a professional he has been off as well as on the field.
“Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case.”
“I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being.”
“I’m very proud to finish my career as a one-club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me.”
“My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that.”
“Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff, backroom staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family, friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true.”
“I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now its time for the next chapter.”
Heaslip has been intelligent enough to start making plans for that next chapter while still at the top of his game in sport.
He has undertaken courses at Harvard University in the US and completed work experience and learning sessions in companies across Dublin including Google.
He has sat down with those he felt could offer advice and help on mapping out his new course, including us at Sport for Business and while it will still have been a gut-wrenching decision to make the call, he is as well prepared as he ever was going out onto the pitch to wear the Blue of Leinster, the Green of Ireland or the Red of the British and Irish Lions.
We have no doubt that whatever the next chapter is that he will approach it with the right attitude and make a success of it.
We wish him the very best of luck.
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