Sarah Walker set to compete at BMX champs

DAVID LONG
Last updated 10:46 25/07/2013
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LOCAL LASS: Sarah Walker shows off the Olympic silver medal she won in London last year.

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Olympic silver medalist Sarah Walker has confirmed she will compete in the BMX world championships in Auckland this weekend.

Walker broke her arm competing in America nearly five weeks ago and it has been touch and go whether she'd be able to race at the world champs, which are being held in New Zealand for the first time.

But today Walker said that despite still having some pain and not being fully recovered from the fracture, she would be at Vector Arena to take on the best in the world.

While the rest of the New Zealand team spent the past week training in Brisbane, Walker stayed behind in Auckland to recuperate and train on her own.

"It has been going really well," said Walker, who still had a protective brace on her right elbow.

"I rode at North Harbour BMX track yesterday for the last time before racing. I did a few more jumps that I hadn't done yet.

"I am still progressing and probably a couple of weeks away from being 100 per cent, but I'm doing everything to be as good as I can on that start line."

Walker was still able to work on fitness while recovering from her arm injury, but says the enforced time on the sidelines may hinder her at the beginning of races.

"I think I'll be a bit weaker out of the start, which is really important on a short first straight like we'll be riding on," she said.

"But at the end of the end of the day my goal when I broke my arm was to be there on the start line and represent New Zealand at a home world championships.

"So just being on the start line will be an achievement in itself and from there it will be one race at a time to keep it ticking over and keep working on things."

She also said it will be at the start of the races where she'll feel the pain the most.

"I just have to deal with that," she said.

"I've been icing it and treating it every day, as well as making sure I'm eating well and drinking over a litre of milk a day to get it healed as quickly as possible."

The women's and men's elite races are on Sunday, with the time trials the day before.

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