Matthew and Alexandra Young perform at the Silver Blades Skating Club annual ice show at the Pepsi Centre on April 20. — Star file photo
CORNER BROOK Matthew Young would love to be punching long days honing his skating skills, but for now he’s trying to keep patient while recuperating from a nasty spill.
Young is still feeling the effects of a concussion he sustained from a fall with his partner and sibling Alexandra at the Silver Blades annual ice show back in April. The Youngs, who had been training all year in Montreal in an effort to move up the ranks on the Canadian pairs skating scene, fell during the duo’s first of two scheduled performances as one of the featured acts alonside guest skater Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown.
He has not competed since, but put his skates on for the first time two weeks ago when he started doing some coaching while remaining in Corner Brook and taking some general courses at Grenfell Campus while recuperating. Alexandra has returned to Montreal for the winter and will be competing in junior women’s singles this year with her first competition only a couple of weeks away.
“Starting to get a little better now. It’s been slower than what we had anticipated,” Young said earlier this week.
Young said life is certainly different not getting up in the morning knowing skating was always on his agenda, but he’s trying to maintain a positive attitude and continues to follow the advice he’s been given to help him get back on the ice sooner rather than later.
“I haven’t even tried skating yet. I just have to see how it goes,” he said.
He has been going to the gym and doing some light workouts, but it’s been a gradual process which is what is expected of people in his situation. He has made progress in the past few months, upping his workout times to 15-20 minutes without having to take a break. He will continue to ride a stationery bike and do some jogging but he’s not thinking about skating right now because his health is the priority.
Fortunately, he hasn’t had any setbacks along the road to recovery and he’s finding it a lot better now that he’s engaged in school.
“When I first started it was just a lot of rest and recovery and I wasn’t on a schedule, but now I’m on a schedule so it’s starting to help,” he said. “I’m starting to get back into a regular routine.”
He’s been away from a hectic training schedule for a long time so one has to wonder if he worries about any mental blocks forming when he does go back.
He hasn’t let his mind drift away from what really is his concern in life right now.
“Haven’t really thought about it,” he said. “Right now my main focus is just getting back to 100 per cent and then we’ll go from there.”
So, will we see the team back together?
“We don’t really have any plans right now,” he said. “We’re going to see what my recovery is like and we’ll go from there.”