Name: Nicholas Tritton
Hometown: Perth, ON
How you got involved in your sport: When I was 10 I asked my father if I could sign up for a sport and one of the sports that I wanted to do was karate. My Dad thought it would be better to do an actual Olympic sport so he signed me up for Judo. When my father was a kid he had tried Judo once or twice and thought that it would be a good sport for me to try. After awhile he saw how much I loved it, so he just ran with it and gave me the opportunity to go as far as I wanted to go. THE OLYMPICS
The Moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: When I 12 I started getting more serious with Judo and my father bought me some Judo highlight videos from the Olympics and World Championships. After watching those videos everyday over and over again and seeing how happy the fighters were standing on the podium, I knew that was what I wanted to do. I didn’t know how I was going to do it but I figured it was just a matter of working as hard as I could to reach that goal.
Favorite Sports Memory: My favorite sports memory in Canadian sport would have to be when Michael Johnson raced Donovan Bailey on the 150m track in 1997 for the title of the world’s fastest man. That race has always been one of my favorite sports memories, not just because a Canadian won, but it was something new for amateur sport.
Favorite Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I believe in luck, the harder I work the luckier I get.”
CAN Fund Testimonial: Hi, my name is Nicholas Tritton and I am a member of the Canadian National Judo Team. To date my greatest accomplishment would be taking back-to-back Bronze Medals at the prestigious Grand Slam event in Tokyo. I am the 1st in the history of Canada to do this. This year I have had some injuries but am still maintaining top 10 on the world-ranking list.
The funding that I have received from the Canadian Athletes Now Fund means I will be able to focus solely on my competitions and training camps without having to worry as much about whether or not I will be able to afford it. To be able to compete without distractions such as financial needs is a huge weight off my mind and shoulders.
As you know there is life outside of sport and I now have a daughter and family to take care of which is a lot of stress at the best of times. Knowing that I have someone behind me like the Canadian Athletes Now Fund is a huge benefit not only for me but to my family as well.
“I am a Canadian Athletes Now Fund Recipient” And I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. It really does mean the difference between reaching your goals and being the best you possibly can be, or coming up short. THANK YOU.
Best Result: 2009/2010 – Bronze Medalist at the prestigious Grand Slam Tokyo. I am the first Canadian to take a medal at this event since Nicolas Gill in 2003 and only the 4th person ever from Canada to place at this event. Top 7 World Ranking.
Fun Facts: I love to play golf, when I have the time! My best round was an 84 on a par 72. In the winter if I have any time I like to go snowboarding with my friends.