17 Oct 2012

Tanner calls time on international triathlon career

2:51 pm on 17 October 2012

After more than than 10 years representing New Zealand on the international triathlon stage Auckland's Debbie Tanner is calling it quits.

This weekend's ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland will mark the end of her career, having competed at the Olympics, world championship and Commonwealth Games level.

Tanner, who's 30, says after failing to qualify for the London Olympics she considered her future in the sport.

She says her goal had always been to win an Olympic medal when she realised she wouldn't be able to do that, it was time to move on.

Her career highlights include a fourth place finish at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a World Cup win the same year.

She reaced a career high world ranking of sixth.