Gary Trembinski has just completed his first national competition of the season, Canada Cup 1 which took place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre in Fort St. John, British Columbia from November 28th-30th, 2014. The City of Fort St. John boasts the only other covered speed skating oval in Canada, besides Trembinski’s training centre, the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta.
This is the first time a national competition has been held at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.
Trembinski was the only representative from Sault Ste. Marie at the competition, as fellow Saultite speed skater Richard Maclennan is away on the World Cup Circuit. Trembinski had a tremendous weekend, placing 17th in both 500m races he skated.
Last season, Trembinski averaged around 27th place in the Canada Cup standings. “To jump up ten spots at the first national competition of the season is pretty huge for me,” Trembinski said. “It just goes to show how much I’m improving by skating with the Oval Program this year by putting up a performance like I did this weekend. My coach was very happy with how well I skated and how well I executed each of my races.”
Trembinski skates with one of Canada’s top speed skating teams, the Oval Program under the guidance of Olympic coach Todd McClements. “Todd is a fantastic coach and a great mentor. He’s there to help me out and get me to where I need to be,” Gary said. “I’ve been exposed to a lot of new training techniques and really ‘how to be a smart athlete’ type things. This is only the beginning of the season and I’m really excited to see how the rest turns out, and I hope Sault Ste. Marie will get behind me on this journey.”
Gary arrived back in Calgary on Monday afternoon as he continues to train at the Olympic Oval. The next national competition, Canada Cup 2 takes place in Calgary, Alberta from January 2nd to 5th, 2015. Be sure to follow Gary on Facebook at Facebook.com/GaryTrembinskiFans or on his personal website, GaryTrembinski.com