Oak Bay councillor Tara Ney suffers injury in rugby match

'Celebrity' match takes Ney out of the game and off her feet

Oak Bay Coun. Tara Ney is recovering from surgery, after breaking her leg while playing in a celebrity rugby game on Oct. 3.

Ney broke her right tibia in three places after the game with Rugby Canada players, which was held on the legislature grounds.

“I went one way but my knee and the bottom of my leg went the other way,” Ney said, adding she has been physically active since she was young.

“It’s a messy break. I have these plates and screws in me so I’m now on my way to being a bionic woman.”

Ney was released from hospital Tuesday morning and she will be off her feet for the next few weeks. She has taken a leave from her work at UVic and might take time off from Oak Bay council as well, until she is healed. Ney is taking painkillers daily and she is waiting to receive a scooter so she can get around.

“I can’t sit still for more than 10 minutes because of the pain,” she said. “My leg just throbs.”

Ney said she has been in good spirits despite what happened and she plans to participate in the rugby event again.

“I’m going to be out there at the next rugby game next year,” Ney said. “Bionic woman will be back.”

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