GW's Trofym Anderson to Try Out for U-23 Canadian National Team
June 11, 2012
After a long grueling season of intense training and competition, most student-athletes relish in the opportunity to enjoy their summer vacation free of the responsibilities of an in-season athlete.
GW men's rower Trofym Anderson is spending his summer in a way atypical from most student-athletes. Following GW's season-finale at the IRA National Championships, Anderson made a quick pit stop at his home in Welland, Ontario, before heading to Victoria, British Columbia, to begin tryouts to join the Under-23 Canadian National Team.
Anderson will train and compete with eight of his countrymen over the next week for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Under-23 World Rowing Championship in Trakai, Lithuania, July 11-15.
"It feels fantastic to potentially represent Canada at the World Championships," said Anderson. "It is what I train for, day in and day out. Racing for my country and being the best in this sport is always my number-one goal. I love Canada - especially during an Olympic year because I personally know members of our senior national team that will be competing in London. It is inspiring for me to possibly do the same at the U-23 level."
This summer is not Anderson's first foray into international competition. In 2009 he was a part of the Canadian Junior Development Team where he raced at the Club Nationals Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn., winning the gold medal in the Junior A Men's Quad Event. The following summer, he went through a similar process and made the Junior National Team and raced in the Men's 8+, helping the boat to a victory in the B-Level Final in Racice, Czech Republic.
Anderson is quick to point to his rowing experience at George Washington for playing a major role in his success at the national level. "GW has helped me in many ways, first of which would be the coaching staff," said Anderson. "I am constantly being watched over by our head coach, Mark Davis. Under his guidance, I am able to excel technically, which is something that Coach Davis teaches very well. Also, being a smaller person, I am already at a disadvantage, so technique is huge, especially when I am thrown into different boat combinations with guys I have never rowed with before, like I will at tryouts.
"Also, training three or more times a day can get tedious and downright miserable, so having a close group of guys on the team helps to push me everyday," Anderson continued. "Especially the two other sophomores, James Stafford and Kasey Colander. That is what makes me fast. If it weren't for them getting faster, I wouldn't be as fast as I am today. Lastly, the support I get from friends and administrators at GW has been great and it motivates me even more, especially on those painful workouts.
"Overall the feeling hasn't really hit me yet," Anderson added. "Including this year, I still have three years of eligibility remaining on the U-23 team. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to get a tryout this year and planned to just train through the summer. The fact that I got the tryout opportunity is amazing and proof that hard work is honestly what gets you there."