March 3rd 2021
Jack's On The Comeback Trail
When Jack came to grief during heat 13 of the Sheffield v Redcar speedway meeting on 31st May 2018, it seemed a relatively short spell on the sidelines that lay ahead. Due to concerns initially for Jacks team mate for the night Ben Barker it was some 3 hours later before Jack's badly dislocated shoulder was finally put back in place. The delay resulted in Jack losing the feeling in his left arm and unable to move his fingers. Six months passed before he regained the use of his arm, but things took an even worst turn when a car Jack was a front seat passenger in was involved in an horrific crash. A blue light dash to Leeds General Infirmary was followed by six hours of emergency surgery that left Jacks life in the balance.
Fast forward two and half year and Jack now is fit and well, and about to make a long awaited return to the sport he has so desperately missed. “after the car crash the surgeon who saved my life visited me as I lay in bed in intensive care and told me I was very lucky to be alive and came within 3 minutes of dying. My first reaction was to ask him if I would be able to race again which I remember made him shaking his head and laughing."
"Six months later I got the all clear to start working again, but my shoulder was not right and it started to deteriorate over the next 9 months, and became very unstable and I was referred for surgery at which time Covid kicked in and everything went into lockdown”
Jack finally had surgery early October 2020, and is now allowed back to work and he is working hard on building up the shoulder and his fitness with a return to speedway finally on the horizon.
“The past 12 months have been tough for everyone and I have spent countless hours watching DVDs of old meetings and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike. I have agreed terms with a team I have always wanted to ride for, so that should be made public in the next few days so watch this space”
"In the meantime, we are building a workshop, working on my fitness and looking forward to finally get back on the bike. Then it's a matter of getting as much practice as possible."