Gary Trembinski is very excited and humbled to be selected as a torchbearer for the City of Sault Ste. Marie for the upcoming Pan Am Games Torch Relay. Trembinski will carry the torch for his 200-meter portion of the relay on June 1st, 2015.
“Being selected as a torchbearer for my hometown is an incredible opportunity and I’m very happy to be involved in the torch relay,” Trembinski said. “The Pan Am Games are a huge international event and to be involved as a torchbearer and represent the City of Sault Ste. Marie is an amazing honour.”
Trembinski, a former junior hockey player, is a long track speed skater born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie. Due to recurring shoulder injuries, Trembinski was forced to retire from hockey. He immediately took up speed skating and has flourished into a high performance athlete that represents his hometown and the province of Ontario all across Canada.
He now resides in Calgary, Alberta during his training season. He continues to climb the national rankings and his goal is to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
ABOUT THE PAN AMERICAN GAMES
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games; they are only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games.
The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1951 and the inaugural Parapan American Games were held in Mexico City in 1999. Both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games are held every four years for the athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
While the Pan Am Games have been hosted in a dozen countries throughout the Americas, Canada has had the honour of hosting them twice; in 1967 and 1999 and both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In 2015, Toronto will be the proud Host City of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.