'Work gives me new perspective on racing', says King's Lynn racer Proctor
King’s Lynn Stars rider Ty Proctor says having a job outside speedway is a “massive reality check”.
It has given the Australian an insight into how ‘nine-to-five’ workers cope daily during the coronavirus outbreak, something a professional sportsman may not encounter or appreciate.
The experienced racer, a former vice-captain at the Minors and Brady Stars, has been “flat out” with PBHS Utilities Ltd, who work alongside Yorkshire Water on water supplies in the Sheffield area near his home.
By the time Covid-19 had entered the nation’s consciousness during this spring, he had already begun working full-time as part of a preconceived plan to take his mind off speedway pressures.
The Victorian said: “As a speedway rider - and I’m just talking straight here - sometimes you get a false sense of security because people know your name and everyone involved in motorbikes would love to do what you’re doing for a living.
“But going back to work is a massive reality check and gives me a new look at life. I take certain things for granted as a rider.
“When you’ve had a bad day at work like I’ve just had, you realise there are bigger issues than winning or losing a race.
“This is why when I sat down with Dale (Allitt, club co-promoter), I said I wanted to work to get myself away from the bad parts of speedway.
“If I have a bad meeting then I don’t sleep, and I get bad sleeping patterns.”
Therefore the 33 year-old believes tackling both a day-shift and a life on track will eliminate the bad psychological aspects of the shale sport.
He pointed out: “Speedway is not going to last forever unless you are in the upper echelons of the sport. There is life after speedway.”
Proctor, a title winner with Wolverhampton and Workington, added: “I’m grateful to PBHS and have got to thank the Bates family for giving me the opportunity. They know the sacrifices I made.
“The job is busy all the time through the year and I’ve been working flat out for the past month, usually ten hours a day.
"It’s been a bit chaotic and I’m trying to work as much as possible.”
As previously reported, early on during the pandemic he also volunteered his services as an NHS responder, but so far has not been called into action.