Trimmer discovers his Gold

NTU Rugby Scholar George Trimmer has been selected onto Team GB's Discover Your Gold programme for Rowing

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George Trimmer

George Trimmer is currently in his second year at Nottingham Trent University, studying Real Estate BSc. He is a Rugby Scholar, who played for Worcester Warriors Academy from the age of 13, and then signed his first professional contract with Nottingham Rugby in 2015.

Unfortunately for Trimmer, it was with great sadness that he was forced to retire from the game he has loved his whole life in December, due to a serious knee injury.

Commenting on the injury, Trimmer said: “Having to retire from a sport that you love, and that has been a large part of your life growing up, has been utterly devastating”. However, remaining upbeat about the situation, Trimmer has already looked into alternative sports, and surgeons have given him the go ahead to get into the sport of Rowing.

As a result, Trimmer applied for Team GB’s ‘Discover Your Gold’ campaign, alongside thousands of others, which aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions. Sport Scientists have since reviewed his profile and sporting background, sighting the raw characteristics that they are looking for to transfer into rowing.

In early December, Trimmer was invited to attend a talent assessment day at the National Water Sports Centre, where he was assessed by Team GB’s Rowing Start Programme’s coaching team. After some extremely hard tests, which pushed the talented athlete to his absolute peak, Trimmer’s scores were measured against those of past Olympians, as well as others being tested.

It was an early, and very well-deserved Christmas present for Trimmer, as on December 22, he received a call to say that he had been successful in the testing, and that he would be taken further into the next stage of the process.

Understandably delighted, the NTU student said: “I was over the moon. I feel extremely lucky and honoured to have been given this opportunity, and I will give it everything I have. However, I’m aware that the hard work starts now in competing for a place amongst some of the best athletes in the world. I’m expecting the training to be extremely physically challenging, as well as a real psychological battle. Rowing is known as one of the most demanding sports on the body which makes it so mentally tough.”

Next week Trimmer will undergo further medical tests, before starting training on January 16th. He will be training virtually full-time for a four-month block, with incremental goals along the way that he must reach. If all goes to plan, Trimmer will be identified as an athlete that has the capability to convert into an Olympic Rower, with Tokyo 2020 in his sights.

Trimmer is under no illusions that the next few months are likely to be some of the hardest of his life in terms of physical training, but he is excited for the challenge and we at NTU Sport wish him the best of luck.

Find out more about the ‘Discover Your Gold’ programme here.

Trimmer discovers his Gold

Published on 4 January 2017
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