Windsurfer Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén will switch training regimes as she prepares for the birth of her first child. Image: Ville Sirén
Finnish windsurfer Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén announced that she would be skipping the sport’s upcoming European Championship competition. Petäjä-Sirén is expecting her first baby at the end of the year.
Petäjä-Sirén took the silver in the women’s RS-X class windsurfing event in the 2012 Olympics in London. The medalled windsurfer placed fourth in a world championship competition in Brazil in March.
The Finnish sportswoman married her long-time partner, Ville Sirén, last September.
Last year’s Athlete of the Year award marked the fifth consecutive year that the judging panel granted the recognition to a female athlete.
Petäjä-Sirén was a controversial choice among members of the public however, as she beat out Paralympic athlete Leo-Pekka Tähti, who had a record Finnish haul of four gold medals in the 2012 London Paralympics.