George Trimmer rowing
George Trimmer during his rowing training.

Nottingham rugby former centre, George Trimmer, has been forced to retire due to a serious knee injury.

The 20-year-old, from Worcester, announced that a long-term fatal knee problem left him with no alternative than to retire from rugby in December 2016.

But George is now channeling his energies into a new sports career as a rower and hoping to make the 2020 British Olympic team.

George started playing rugby from an early age. Playing as a junior at Stourbridge RFC and Old Swinford Hospital School, he went on to spend six years in the Worcester warriors academy programme.

At the start of 2015 he went on to sign his first professional contract with Nottingham Rugby, and later became a principle member of the first team squad. He features in pre-season against Newcastle Falcons in August.

George Trimmer
George Trimmer training for GB trials.

Trimmer remained upbeat about the circumstances and applied for Team GB’s ‘Discover your Gold’ campaign, after being given the green light by surgeons.

“It was initially really gutting, luckily I’ve had a lot of support from my friends, family and the club. The thing I’ll miss the most is just training with the boys everyday,” he said.

‘Discover your Gold’ campaign aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions. Sport scientists have received Georges profile and seen that the requirements meet the potential to transfer into rowing.

In early December Trimmer took part in a talent assessment day at Holme Pierrepont.  He was assessed by Team GB’s rowing start programme coaching team. His test scores where compared to previous Olympians and he matched up.

During his talent assessment day George had to undergo various physical tests.

The final stage for George will be medical tests before starting training on the 16th January.

This training will be intensive over a four-month period, working almost full time with various coaches.

If all goes well Trimmer will be hopefully identified as an athlete with the capability to convert into an Olympic athlete.

My main goal is to get through the next five months and then hopefully get selected into the Olympic squad.

The next few months will be different to anything he has experienced before, but the challenge inspires George. He is more determined than ever with the potential of Tokyo 2020 in his sights.

DiscoverYour Gold has five strands, each of which will identify athletes with some specific requirements.

•  #DiscoverYour ParaPotential – athletes over 15 years old (*no upper age limit), with an eligible impairment suitable for para sports.

•  #DiscoverYour Freestyle – athletes who have a background in creative and artistic sports such as gymnastics or acrobatics, along with other performance and extreme activities, for sports including Freestyle Ski and Snowboard (Park and Pipe).

•  #DiscoverYour Giant – tall strong male athletes (over 188cm tall) and female athletes (over 178cm tall) for sports including Rowing and Netball.

•  #DiscoverYour Power – athletes with a speed or power background for sports including Track Cycling, Skeleton and Canoe Sprint.

•  #DiscoverYour Fight – athletes with or without a combat sport background who are interested in sports including Taekwondo, Judo and Women’s Boxing.