Lauren Boyle out of World Swimming Championships due to hip surgery
New Zealand's best swimmer Lauren Boyle will miss next month's FINA World Swimming Championships due to hip surgery.
The 29-year-old withdrew from the competition, which starts in Budapest on July 20, on Thursday, after opting to get much-needed surgery on her hip, which has troubled her since before last year's Rio Olympics.
The 2015 World Championship double medallist returned to training in Auckland early in 2017, but made the decision to have the surgery late last month after consulting with medical experts.
That decision was made to give her the best chance of improving on her all-time Commonwealth Games medal haul of four at next year's event on the Gold Coast.
"I have had wonderful support from the High Performance Sport medical team. In the end we all acknowledged that surgery was the only option," Boyle said.
"I am grateful for the selectors for their vote of confidence for Budapest but these last couple of months have been dark times with this injury and I am pleased to finally have it sorted."
Boyle said she has committed to a heavy rehab programme so she can regain her form and make plans for qualification later this year for the Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand squad will continue with their preparations before their final staging camp in Austria in early July ahead of the world championships.