“I have four metal plates and 31 screws field my face composed. I’m today near sightless in one eye and I see that dream will not ever come back.
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On 3 November 2019, Sam Ward had scored double and was flying in confidence of a hat-trick against Malaysia in Great Britain’s Olympic 2020 hockey qualifier when a team-mate took a shot and the ball traveling at around 50mph hit him straight in his left eye. The impact crumpled the forward’s eye hole, produced seven facemask breaks and tore his retina, sendoff him effectively sightless in one eye.
For months later, only hearing the complete of a hockey ball being struck would activate “painful” flashbacks for Ward, who has counted 72 international goals in 126 caps for GB and England.
And the Rio Olympian quiet knowledges “night terrors” in his sleep in which people try to attack his ‘good’ eye. The 29-year-old thought his career was ended, but last month he made an unbelievable return to the sport and capped his domestic comeback with an affected late equalizer for his team Old Georgians.
Ward now hopes to convince Olympic 2020 selectors that he can still compete at an Olympic level despite his “devastating” visual impairment. Although he was floored by the blow, Ward was adamant he should return to the field of play and help GB qualify for the Olympic 2020. Team officials maintained his game was over and after partial in the window he silent why.
Because of the amount of the wound and facial bulge, it was 10 days before an extensive corrective surgery could begin. Although he was floored by the blow, Ward was adamant he should return to the field of play and help GB qualify for the Olympics. Team officials maintained his game was over and after sideways in the gap he understood why.
He said “I couldn’t see out of my left eye, it was inflamed, hemorrhage and then I understood I had no actual facemask structure down that side of my face. The rooftop of my mouth also felt like it was moving up and down, which was because the jawbone in my face was cracked, and that’s when the discomfort hit.”