BOBSLEIGH: Jackson on track as rehab work steps up
IT’S a case of ‘so far, so good’ for Great Britain bobsleigh star John Jackson as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Jackson, 36, who is based in Paxcroft Mead alongside women’s GB1 pilot Paula Walker, had his preparations for the Winter Olympic season thrown into disarray when he suffered his injury during training at the University of Bath, going under the knife to repair the damage in July.
The Sochi 2014 hopeful is now training rigorously at the Intensive Rehabilitation Centre at Bisham Abbey as he looks to be fighting fit ahead of next February’s Games in Russia.
“I finish a three-week block of rehab work today and things have been going really well,” said Jackson.
“I’ve been out of the (protective) boot for a while now and, all being well, I’m looking to start running again in two or three weeks, which will be around the 12 to 13 week mark since I had surgery. Hopefully, nothing changes.
“I’m still 100 per cent certain that I’ll be fit for the games but I just need to keep going and aim to play a part in the season “Who knows what that will be yet.”
While Jackson continues his recovery in Berkshire, his Great Britain teammates are currently in Latvia, where the final team selections for the coming season will take place next week.
Jackson said: “I’ve been named as the GB1 driver again but there are a lot more people in contention to get in that number one sled this year.
“Last season, it was simple because there were three standouts but I think that it’s a lot closer this time around.”
Great Britain are set to announce their line-ups on Tuesday.
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