Tak­ing over the joint

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

A HOCKEY game fea­tur­ing play­ers who have un­der­gone joint re­place­ment surgery has smashed stereo­types.

Two teams, one fea­tur­ing knee re­place­ment play­ers and an­other con­sist­ing of hip re­place­ment play­ers, bat­tled for the an­nual Bionic Cup tro­phy at Perth Hockey Sta­dium.

West­ern Hockey Mas­ters sec­re­tary and event or­gan­iser Bob Bowyer said the event be­gan as a way to prove peo­ple with knee and hip re­place­ments could still be ac­tive post-op­er­a­tion.

“A lot of our mem­bers were go­ing to or­thopaedic sur­geons and were vir­tu­ally be­ing told the same thing by the sur­geon,” he said.

“It was widely be­lieved if you got a new knee or hip that was the end of it phys­i­cally for the rest of your life and that was ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing, so we wanted to give peo­ple that rea­son to not give up.”

Now in its third year, Bowyer said the event gave peo­ple hope they could re­main ac­tive, even in their lat­ter years.

“If peo­ple are aware and put the ef­fort into it, you can keep do­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing you’re do­ing now,” he said.

“When I first had my op­er­a­tion I was a bit ner­vous about be­ing able to do any­thing af­ter­wards and I was ab­so­lutely thrilled I was able to get back on the field and run around like a 19-year-old again.

“It was well above the ex­pec­ta­tions I’d been given; we want to do the same for other peo­ple.”

A ten­ta­tive in­ter­state match be­tween WA and an eastern states side has been planned for next year.

“I’ve got a mem­ber in the knees team who is on the com­mit­tee for the na­tional mas­ters and he’s help­ing me get an in­ter­state bionic cup next year, so af­ter that, why not the world?” Bowyer said.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489708 Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Hips V Knees hockey play­ers line up at the Bionic Cup.

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