Episode 108

Emotional and amazing...recovering from an horrific eye injury to making the squad - Sam Ward, Team GB Hockey

Published on: 23rd June, 2021

Sam Ward is part of the Team GB Men's Hockey Squad for Tokyo. I chatted to Sam at the Kitting Out Day where he collect bags of kit for the Olympics.

Sam's one of the characters of the squad and he talks about his way of putting smiles on people's faces.

But his Olympic hopes, even his hockey career, seemed to be over in November 2019 when he was hit in the eye by the ball during an international against Malaysia. It shattered his face with 8 fractures and a crushed eyeball. It tore the back of his retina and has left him with the loss of central vision for life in one eye.

Sam's worked with eye specialists to help his recovery and re-train the brain to compensate for the loss.

Sam talks about the emotion of being selected and his call to his dad and mum.

You can find his Olympic videos at @Samuel_Ward13

And his clothing company is www.blndspotsports.com

And you can donate to Maggie's here


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Destination Tokyo
Olympic and Paralympic stories in the run up to the Tokyo Games.
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey.
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Mark Shardlow

Hi - I'm Mark, a Sports Journalist specialising in Olympic and Paralympic Sports. I also help others podcast.