2016-09-23 11:17:00 CEST

Isabelle says bye bye to the beach

Swiss star announces her retirement following #TorontoFinals bronze

Isabelle (left) is calling time on her 16-year career on the beach. Photocredit: Mihai StetcuIsabelle (left) is calling time on her 16-year career on the beach. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

Swiss beach volleyball star Isabelle Forrer has announced her decision to retire after ending the season with a bronze medal at the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Toronto.

In a post on her and teammate Anouk Vergé-Dépré’s Facebook page, the 34-year-old, who reached the last 16 of the Olympics, said: “You should leave the party when they’re playing the best sound…”

Man soll aufhören, wenn es am schönsten ist ...

Man soll aufhören, wenn es am schönsten ist... ...und ich kann mit Stolz und auch mit etwas Wehmut auf eine wundervolle Zeit zurückschauen. Ich durfte in den letzten Wochen mit Anouk meinen Traum von Olympia leben, nochmals Schweizermeisterin werden und beim World Tour Final Bronze gewinnen.

This season saw Isabelle win one gold medal on the FIVB World Tour at the Xiamen Open in April – it was only her second gold on the international circuit in a career that began in 2000.

In total the St. Gallen-born defender played in 131 international tournaments during 16 years on the sand, finishing in the top ten 38 times and winning eight medals, including the most recent at Polson Pier.

She follows in the footsteps of Nadine Zumkehr who also decided to put down the Mikasa for good after capturing a silver medal in her final match on the sand in Toronto last weekend.

It means both Joana Heidrich and Anouk are on the look-out for new partners so watch this space who will partner who in the 2017 season!

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