A former Nottingham Rugby player forced to retire through injury last year has moved a step nearer to the Team GB Olympic squad.
20-year-old George Trimmer, who also studies Real Estate at Nottingham Trent University, played at centre and was forced to retire from rugby in December 2016 due to a long-standing deteriorating knee problem.
Determined to overcome his injury, he applied for Team GB’s Discover Your Gold campaign designed to train young athletes who they think have potential to become future champions.
In early December, George took part in a talent assessment day at Holme Pierrepont where he was assessed by the rowing team with his test scores compared to previous Olympians.
George then received a phone call on December 22 2016 confirming that he had been successful in the test and that he would be taken further into the next stage of the process.
I’m aware that the hard work starts now in competing for a place
George 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 among 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.”