Knee Injury Puts Sarah Walker's Comeback In Doubt

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Thu 2/Apr/15 1:25pm

A knee injury may prevent Kiwi BMX star Sarah Walker from competing at the national championships in Christchurch this weekend.

Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker's return to action at the BMX national championships on Friday is in doubt after an MRI scan revealed a problem with her knee.

The 26-year-old had hoped to make a full return to racing after recovering from serious injuries she suffered while racing in the USA last September.

However, Walker njured her knee when she came off her bike riding in Rotorua last weekend. When it failed to heal over the past few days, she went for an MRI scan in Christchurch which revealed the extent of the damage.

"Sarah will make a decision [on Friday] morning if she can race or not," Cycling New Zealand BMX head coach Ryan Hollows said. "She is really disappointed as this weekend was important in her planned return to the sport.

"In the short term it is disappointing. It might result in a week or two off her bike but the longer term plan for a return to international racing in June will not be affected."

Walker will be joined by fellow Cycling New Zealand High Performance riders Daniel Franks, Kurt Pickard, Matt Cameron and Hannah Sarten in Christchurch.
They are among approximately 1000 race entries from riders aged from four years to over 70 years in the championships at the Christchurch City club from Friday until Sunday.
The elite national titles will be decided on Friday along with the Cruiser Class and the Mighty 11s Test team trial, the nationals for 11 years and under and the Superclass Elite racing on Saturday with New Zealand titles for 12 years and over and championship selection races on Sunday.
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