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