Multiple Olympic medalist Charline Labonté announced yesterday that she is retiring from professional hockey. After winning the Clarkson Cup last year with the Canadiennes, Charline is now ready to move onto the next chapter in her life.
Her coming-out was first published on our web platform, in collaboration with OutSports and she has been a LSTW ally since. A truly inspiring woman for next generations of young athletes. She now studies in food service, having a passion for cooking. We wish her well deserved happiness and success in her next adventure!
When I first stepped on the ice at the age of 5, little did I know it would be the day that would shape the next 30 years of my life. Now, 4 Olympic Gold medals later and a three decade career under my belt, I feel as though I am ready to say goodbye to the game that has not only brought me so much joy, but that has helped raised me into the woman I am today.
I could not be more proud to have had the opportunity to represent my country, my city and also been part of a group of women that have helped paved the way for generations to come.
Hockey has allowed me to express my voice and talent in this world, it has taught me that anything in life is possible if you set your mind to it and more importantly believe in yourself. It has taught me that the journey to achieving your goals is what holds the true value, the best memories and the most important takeaways in life.
I am so grateful for everything hockey has given me and it is with a heavy heart but yet a hopeful spirit that I decide to move on to the next chapter in my life.
To my teammates, thank you for being a constant source of support and inspiration. You are my second family and I will cherish our journey together forever. To my coaches and trainers, thank you for pushing me beyond my comfort zone day in and day out, it has allowed me to say goodbye to you today as a champion. To the fans of the game, it will always be an honor to have played in front of you.
Lastly, to my friends and my family, you have been my rock since day one. Mom, Dad, Louis, none of this could have been possible or worth it without you by my side
Stay tuned for the next chapter! Life outside the crease awaits me!
To read her coming out letter on LSTW : Click here.