The synonym for the Australian women’s volleyball in the past decade, Rachel Rourke, decided to end her professional career after 14 years and 80 caps for “Volleyroos”.
The 31-year-old opposite hitter played her last match on January 11 and won the bronze medal with Beijing in the Chinese Championship. China was one of five countries in which she played professional volleyball after graduating at the Oregon State University in the United States in 2010. The other four countries were Italy, Poland, Azerbaijan, and South Korea. The last tournament in which Rourke defended the colors of the national team was the Asian Championship in September last year. She won the Polish Super Cup (Polski Cukier Muszynianka Muszyna), Polish Championship (Atom Trefl Sopot, named MVP), Azerbaijani Championship (Rabitə Bakı), and Chinese League (Beijing) once each.
As Rourke stated for the website of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), she will now focus on the family, her wife Olivia Orchard (ex-captain of Australia National Team) and six-month-old daughter Mila, but also to her new business. Both she and her wife started making fermented tea kombucha under the brand name Gather Brewing.
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