Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Fraser-Gilmore begins life after handball

Retires from competition after 25-year career

  • Print

After 25 years and a world championship title, Lisa Fraser-Gilmore has retired from competitive four-wall handball.

Fraser-Gilmore actually left the competitive side of the game last November at the conclusion of the 2009 World Championships in Portland but took a three-month hiatus from training before making her decision public.

"I've had my shine in the spotlight, I've been playing for 25 years, there's nothing left that I need to win and looking back, I'm proud of what I've done," said Fraser-Gilmore, who returned to the handball court recently on a recreational basis and said she will continue to play for fun and fitness. "I'm happy that I did it now. Up until the end of last season, I was still being successful, in the finals (of tournaments) and winning, so I feel confident that I didn't walk away because I suck but I just think that it's time to just step away."

She retires as the top female player in Canada in her sport and is a member of Manitoba's Sports Hall of Fame. Fraser-Gilmore was the world women's singles champion in 1994, was runner-up in 1997 and 2004 and has won five U.S. national crowns. Since 1991, she has won 10 Canadian Open women's singles titles.

Fraser-Gilmore said her family life, which includes husband Darrell and their two sets of twins -- 10-year-olds Hannah and Harrison and five-year-olds Jackson and Carter -- factored into her decision. The main reason behind her decision to leave the competitive side of the game is the competitive drive that always fuelled her training and playing schedule has diminished.

"I was able to do it for a long time while I've had kids but it was hard to be in the court and being competitive anymore," said Fraser-Gilmore, a physical education teacher at Winnipeg's R.B. Russell Vocational High School.

"I'm just done. I found I just didn't have the same desire for outcomes anymore and I started to become more interested in watching the other players and seeing them develop. I look forward to watching the other women develop."

Fraser-Gilmore said the game has given her lifelong friends that she's met on the court and life lessons that she'll retain.

"It has taught me how to focus on the task at hand. Particularly when I was in school, I was training and working all at the same time," she said. "I've learned to use the time that I have for the quality not the quantity."

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 7, 2010 C5

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Police: Three or four infants' bodies found in storage locker

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose flies towards the sun near the Perimeter Highway North and Main St Monday afternoon – See Day 10 for Bryksa’s 30 goose project - May 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A mother goose has chosen a rather busy spot to nest her eggs- in the parking lot of St Vital Centre on a boulevard. Countless cars buzz by and people have begun to bring it food.-Goose Challenge Day 06 - May 08, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who has been the biggest disappointment on the Jets to start the season?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google