A hip replacement and change of sport is not getting in Sandy Bromwich’s way of competing.
The World Masters Games (WMG) are coming to New Zealand next year and the Cambridge woman will compete in track cycling at the Avantidrome.
Although track cycling is relatively new to her – riding a bike is not.
Bromwich had a rip replacement in 2013, but before that she won world titles in BMX.
“After that my doctor said I need to do something with less impact, so I went from BMX to track cycling,” she said.
She competed in BMX in Australia in 2009 and South Africa in 2010, winning the World Five in the Cruiser at both events.
She said constant use of her hip had worn it down, but she also had a nasty accident years ago where she collided with another rider and fell 8 metres, landing on her hip and breaking her tail bone.
“But I’ve had no trouble with the transition [to track cycling], but there are differences, they both have different skills,” she said.
In the lead up to WMG, she has the Track Cycling WAIBOP Championships on December 17 – 18, but the WMG will be her first international competition for the sport.
She has five races in the 60 – 65 age group: 500m time trial, 2000m time trial, team sprint, three lap sprint and the scratch race which is 5km.
World Masters Games 2017 chief executive Jennah Wootten said the event will aim to deliver $30.8 million GDP and 244,000 visitor nights to Auckland’s economy, and $53 million GDP and 266,000 visitor nights to the wider New Zealand economy.