Rio 2016 long jump champion Vanessa Low is set to retire after the postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next year.
The German-born Australian, who won the T42 long jump at the 2016 Paralympics and the T61-63 event at last year's World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, has confirmed Tokyo 2020 will be her last major event.
"Putting my body through another Games, I think will probably take a little bit too much out on it, knowing that one day I want to be running around with my kids and maybe even grandkids," Low said.
"I think it's a healthy balance of being committed and having a passion but also knowing when it's time to move on.
"I have so much outside of sport that I'm enjoying, that I'm grateful for and that often has to take second priority.
"Being away for a lot and missing out on family birthdays, weddings and all these things.
"I do want to give that other part in my life, a little bit more attention and hopefully start a family sometime soon as well."
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The 29-year-old double European champion, who also claimed silver in the T42 100m at the 2016 Games, said she was focused on capping off a stellar career with another medal at Tokyo 2020, postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I made a decision and committed knowing that I may not get there,” Low added.
"But the reason why I’m committed to going for another Games was because I love the training.
"I'm not just competing to stand on top of a podium, I do it because I love the day-to-day work and challenging my body and trying to see what I'm capable of and finding my own boundaries."
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics have been rescheduled for August 24 to September 5 2021.