Canadian rugby veteran Connor Braid has announced his retirement.
The 31-year-old from Victoria joins his seven-a-side teammates Nate Hirayama and Conor Trainer to quit the sport. All three were part of the Canadian team that finished eighth at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I decided to hang up the boots and call the quarry after Tokyo,” Braid wrote in a social media post. “To all the coaches and teams who gave me a chance; Thank you. This sport is such a good education for young athletes around values and respect. I don’t know of any other game like this this way.
“Thank you to the fans and to my opponents. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. To my teammates, I love you. My greatest joy, hands down, was sharing the dressing room, the stadium tunnel and the pitch with you. I’m so grateful for this. Thanks for being you.”
He also thanked his family for their “unwavering support”.
In addition to his career at seven, Braid won 26 caps for the Canadian 15 team between 2010 and 2018. He started inside center in a 23-18 loss to Italy in the World Cup. rugby 2015, only to see his tournament end early when he suffered a broken jaw and concussion in the 14th minute.
Braid has played professionally for the Doncaster Knights, the London Scottish and Worcester Warriors in England, and the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.
—The Canadian Press