2nd June 2016
After the withdrawal of Adam Ellis with a broken collar bone earlier this week, the Great Britain Team who are competing in the World Under 21 Semi Final in Holsted Denmark on Saturday night, received another blow late on Wednesday night with the withdrawal of the British Under 21 Champion Josh Bates. Josh lost his fight for a late fitness test with a dislocated collar bone which he damaged at Sheffield 7 days ago.
Neil Vatcher said, “I have been worried about Josh all week, as I know he has been struggling, but the tough young Yorkshire man is so brave and passionate to ride for his country he wanted to wait as long as possible to see if he could make a recovery in time for Saturday or not, as the kid was desperate to be there.
Josh went to see a specialist late on Wednesday, and as I understand it he was advised not to ride this weekend or would face doing further damage.
Obviously I am devastated to now lose Josh from the team, as I am not the only one who rates the kid highly, but in life sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture, and as I said to Josh, he must be sensible, as he not only has a big season ahead of him but also a massive future and it is pointless putting that on the line if he was to come back too early.
That said of course I am shattered now to have lost both Josh and Adam, and I feel like we now go in to this weekend with a different approach.
In sport anything is possible if you believe, and we will now go in to the event as underdogs, but if all our boys can ride to the very best of their ability there is no reason why we can not throw up some surprises.
I am guessing that no one would have predicted Leicester City would have won the FA Premier League, so as I say if we believe in ourselves, we can achieve .
With just over 24 hours before the riders set off to Denmark , I had the task of finding a replacement for Josh, and thankfully Birmingham’s Jack Smith along with the help and assistance of his Dad Andy have agreed to step in to the team at very short notice, for which I am very grateful.
I would also publicly like to thank Tracey Cossar from the ACU for all her help this week arranging all the paperwork for both Zach Wajknecht and Jack Smith so they are able to ride for GB on Saturday, even though Tracey is meant to be on a week’s holiday”.
The GB team for Saturday night will now be:
1) Robert Lambert (Captain)
2) Zach Wajknecht
3) Jack Smith
4) Max Clegg