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Written by Annabel Hartles on July 6th, 2016

IRON MAIDEN UPDATE: SARAH WALKER

“It’s not if it will happen, it’s when it will happen."


As many of you will be aware, Sarah Walker - who injured her shoulder in a training accident recently, had her Rio Olympic dreams crushed after crashing early on in the morning qualifying heats.

However, Sarah is focussed on much more than just the Olympics. Sarah, one of the most passionate people we know, does it for the love and thrill of the sport and will not be letting this setback get the better of her. Sarah says she is the fastest she has ever been and knows that she is continuing to get faster. Next up for Sarah is the North Island Championships, following this she will compete at the World Championship in USA – where she has won a multitude of medals since 2003.

As with all injuries there’s a road to recovery ahead with two weeks of sling time and six weeks of rehab. However, Sarah’s say’s her body is built to handle injuries. Having had over fifteen other breaks and fractures, she knows her shoulder will fully recover and notes that luckily it’s not a painful injury.

Since her injury, Sarah has been able to take some time out and get back to a much welcomed, normal life - “it’s like being a kid who’s been given an extra hour to stay awake before bed-time.” Sarah’s been able to catch up with friends, go to the movies, go out for dinner and stay up later than usual. All things that us non-Olympians take for granted are things that Sarah can really sit back and appreciate.

Sarah is really looking forward to watching the Olympics and is excited for the other New Zealanders competing. Although, when it comes to her own sport, Dutch best friend and fellow Olympian, Laura Smulders, has her full support.

Sarah is extremely grateful for all the support she has received from all her supporters including Beef and Lamb New Zealand who she says “have always supported me through thick and thin.”

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