Double Olympian Berta Bonastre calls time on her International career
Dragflick Newsdesk : The Spanish field hockey player Berta Bonastre retires at the international level and thus leaves the Spanish team, something she does with “tears in her eyes” and in an “unexpected moment and way”, but convinced that she has given everything for a ‘ Piña’ (selection) to which you wish the best in the future.
“There is never a good time to say goodbye. Especially to a stage that has guided my compass and decisions for 17 years of my life and that ends at a moment and in an unexpected way. Today I put an end to my career as a player of international hockey, and I do it with tears in my eyes,” she announced in an open letter.
Berta Bonastre assured that hockey was a “gift” for her, that it gave her “life”. “She has shaped me as a person and, thanks to her, I have been able to live unique experiences traveling around the world, meeting unforgettable people and fulfilling dreams I had since I was a child,” she acknowledged.
The Catalan from Matadepera, sister of the former international player Silvia Bonastre and cousin of the current international and member of that ‘Pineapple’ Carlota Petchamé Bonastre, leaves after always giving the team a “cheerful, hard-working and disciplined” attitude. “I have trained with perseverance, work and rigor, and I have guided my actions and my life based on effort, perseverance and sacrifice,” she explained.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me, but the only thing I’m sure of is that hockey has given me values that will accompany me for the rest of my life. I’m leaving calm, happy for everything I’ve lived through and proud of having had the opportunity to be part of something very special and magical, the ‘Pineapple’ that we formed with my colleagues from the Women’s Absolute”, she added.
In this sense, she would like to think that all the “gratitude and passion” she has put into hockey, as well as “work”, will continue to be won by the national team and will be passed on so that it can guide future generations.
“I stay with every goal celebration, every laugh, every trip, the card games, the endless conversations, the pre-match shouting, the medals, the dances, the tears, the sweat, the games that make your skin stand on end. But above all, I keep the such valuable things that I have learned from each of you. In the end, I couldn’t be more grateful to have been part of this team”, she was honest.
“Thanks to all the hockey fans for supporting us throughout this journey. Keep accompanying hockey and the Women’s Absolute , we need you and our sport too. With all of you the ‘Pineapple’ has the best of flavours. To each and every one of you, thank you from my heart”, he added.
For its part, the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation (RFEH) wanted to say goodbye to Bonastre. “She has been a player for the women’s senior team for the last 12 years. Since that first game against Germany, in March 2009 , there have been 203 official matches where the Catalan striker has donned the ‘RedSticks‘ shirt”, she recalled the federation in a farewell statement.
Two Olympic diplomas, in both participations in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the historic bronze medal in the 2018 World Cup , also the bronze in the Antwerp European Championship in 2019 and the victories in the World Round 2 in 2017 and in the 2019 Hockey Series are some of the successes that adorn an “impeccable international career” of Berta Bonastre.