BMX star Walker to have surgery on shoulder

Last updated 08:35 09/11/2012
Sarah Walker
Iain McGregor/Fairfax NZ
SILVER SMILE: New Zealand's Sarah Walker will be out of BMX for six months recovering from shoulder surgery.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Waiting game over for Cinderella Royals Justin Bieber spares with Floyd Mayweather Talented teen cracks NZ track squad for Mexico Funds expected to make $2.8b bid for Reebok Manning breaks touchdown passes record Ice Blacks get thorough workout in Queenstown Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - October 21 Kelly Slater stuns rivals with incredible move San Francisco radio station bans Lorde song Black Sticks women edge US in second test

London Olympics silver medallist Sarah Walker is to have surgery today on her damaged shoulder and will be off her BMX bike for up to six months.

The former world champion dislocated her shoulder at the UCI World Cup in Norway in April but showed remarkable recovery to get her back on the bike in mid-May, nursing her way to Olympic qualification at the world championship in Birmingham.

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 that her shoulder will dislocate again.

"I have been told there is a 75-90 per cent chance that 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 that 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 six months."

Three months on from London, Walker has remained busy with school visits and events resulting from the Olympics.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who would you most like to come to your aid after a road accident?

Mike Tyson - boxing

Lewis Hamilton - motorsport

Maria Sharapova - tennis

Valerie Adams - shot put

The Undertaker - WWE

Lindsey Vonn - skiing

Ana Ivanovic - tennis

Steven Adams - basketball

Rory McIlroy - golf

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content