Sarah Walker. Photo Reuters
Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker is to have surgery
today on her damaged shoulder and will be off her bike for up
to six months.
The former BMX world champion dislocated her shoulder at the
UCI World Cup in Norway in April but showed remarkable
recovery to get back on the bike in mid-May, nursing her way
to Olympic qualification at the world championship in
Walker managed the injury throughout her Olympic campaign
and, while it caused no significant issues on the way to her
outstanding silver medal in London, her medical team believe
there is a strong chance her shoulder will dislocate again.
"I have been told there is a 75-90 per cent chance it will go
out again as it is but that with surgery it will reduce that
down to about 3 per cent," Walker said. "With the nature of
BMX, I know I will not go another four years without crashing
so there is too much at risk.
"In the big picture of the next four years, now is the best
time and it will give me at least three months of time on my
bike before the world championships in Auckland next July."
Walker will have the surgery in Hamilton today under Dr Chris
O'Meeghan. Full recovery will take up to six months, although
she will be able to move the shoulder in a few weeks.
"I'm a quick healer so hopefully it will take less than the
Three months on from London, Walker is still busy with school
visits and events resulting from the Olympics.