AN OLYMPIC hopeful has undergone a pioneering operation at Solihull’s Spire Parkway Hospital.
Craig Lakey had an eye on a medal at the London 2012 games, but his dreams were shattered when he tore a shoulder muscle.
But now the 29-year-old, a skeet shooting champion, has had keyhole surgery to repair the damage.
He hopes the procedure has given him a fighting chance of recovering in time for the crucial Olympic trials.
“I was devastated when the shoulder injury stopped me in my tracks,” said Craig, from Rugby.
“To have not been able to participate in qualifying trials for the 2012 Olympics would have been a huge blow.
“I’m now well on the mend and looking forward to the challenge.”
The injury is more common in contact sports and was caused by the sharp recoil from Craig’s skeet-shooting gun.
Surgery was performed under a general anaesthetic by Solihull-based surgeon Roger Sloan.
It will take two to three months of regular physiotherapy for the tear to heal.