“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”
Brian Malfesi’s dreams of being named to the team for this year’s Junior World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany have come true. After two sets of trials his performances secured a spot and days after being named to the team he has departed to acclimatize and train in Germany.
Brian has been paddling for 7 years, and is truly dedicated to this sport. When asked what he did in his spare time, he replied, “You think I have time for that?” He describes his best performance so far as winning the K1-1000m event at last year’s Nationals in Regina.
Brian is not only an outstanding athlete he is an extraordinary student. He is headed to Simon Fraser University in September to study biomedical engineering having won the following scholarships:
SFU Gordon Shrum Major Entrance, Mission Principals, Maple Ridge Trustees, Dogwood Provincial, Jack Fairly BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Miller Thompson Foundation National Award Provincial Academic Scholarship. He was top math 12, calculus 12, Physics 12 IB, Chemistry 12 IB student as well as top overall academic student in each of his 5 years of high school.
He plans to continue paddling and hopes to make the U23 National team, go to Senior Worlds and maybe one day, race at the Olympics.
Brian started paddling after his older brother Mike did. He really wanted to keep up with the older group including Mike, Ken and Josh. In his second year he really wanted to make the Western Canada Games Team and was disappointed missing it by one place. He used that setback as motivation and trained very hard by himself that summer. The US Nationals were in Seattle that year and he won his first National title there.
CanoeKayak BC is thankful and proud of role models like Brian. Last summer he volunteered as an official and as a medal presenter for the BC Summer Games; doing his own training before and after a very long day on the water. Upon his return from Germany he will be in Kamloops to cheer on our Western Canada Games Team and share his experiences.