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Trey Canard, Supercross Rider

by carmine on March 5, 2013



By:John van Vliet

Spotlight Athlete Archive

As athletes, we get bumps, bruises and breaks in our careers. How we recover from those injuries often tells the story of our commitment to the sport we love. More so, it shows the blessings of the healing hand of God the He provides for us. His healing opens our door to show our faith to others.

Professional motocross rider Trey Canard has had to recover from several injuries in his young and successful career. At only 22 years old, Canard has broken his femur and collarbone on several occasions. These breaks are frequent in a sport such as motocross.

But on Jan. 21, 2012, Canard suffered a broken back from a crash in a race at Anaheim Stadium. The crash involved three other racers near a triple-jump portion of the track. A piece of material from the wall caught onto Canard’s bike and caused him to slide out. The racer immediately behind him was unable to avoid Canard and landed on top of him.

“I woke up 30 minutes later and learned that I had been landed on and that I’d broken my back,” said Canard in an excerpt from the documentary on his road to recovery called ‘REvival 41.’ “It was such a scary moment. There were a few days there days where I was kind of in limbo, in a lot of pain and really not knowing what’s going on back, with my future, with everything.”

Yet Canard battled through this significant injury as well. He is near 100 percent recovered and has started racing once again. Through his recovery, Canard saw God working through him.

 “I just asked God if He still wanted me to do this,” Canard said in an interview. “He showed that through it all it was an opportunity to come back. I got through this more and better than I had ever imagined. And that was my reassurance. So many amazing things happened. There has been a work going on that would have never happened.”

Canard saw changes in his family and friends and was able to go on a mission trip with his church to Tanzania. Within 20 minutes of landing video poker in the African country, he met Hannah Smith, whom they now share a relationship with.

“We met shortly after landing there and we hit it off right away,” Canard said. “It’s a 100 percent God-thing, just another great thing that has happened.”

He pointed to Galatians 6:9 as a verse that has told is story in the last year:

           “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” 

Through everything that has happened to Canard, even when he lost his father at a very young age, he has seen that God’s love never changes. 

“The coolest thing that I have seen is that God’s love never changes,” he said. “There has been a lot of things in my life that have changed, from disappointments, big losses in racing, losing my father, breaking bones and just the up and down life of a professional athlete. The one thing that did not change in that time was Christ.”

Canard emulates God’s never changing ways into how he testifies his faith to others in motocross and in his life. Motocross is different than from other sports, in that face to face interactions is minimal compared to football or basketball, for example. That does change how Canard shows Christ in his life.

“We don’t spend a lot of time talking,” Canard explained. “It’s really important to stay consistent in your walk. I make sure that everything is about Christ.” 

He has had several opportunities to showcase his walk with Christ while on the winning podium. In 2010 Canard was the champion in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Lites to go along with numerous top three finishes in his career.

Canard raced in Dallas over President’s Day weekend. Though he did not finish as well as he would have liked, he is upbeat and blessed just to be back on his trademark number 41 motocross bike again.

 Canard encourages everyone hesitant to live out their faith while around others:

“Continue to live your faith, when you do, people see it. God talks about us being a light on the hill. Our life is such a contrast to this world; the sports world’s attitude is to be selfish. When you live unashamed of your faith, people notice.”

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