Tremeer dazzles in high school debut
Julia Tremeer is a master multi-tasker.
The 14-year-old, Grade 9 student at Notre Dame student managed to finish second in the novice girls 800 Friday at the Day 2 of the South Regionals track and field meet at Centennial and also get all her homework done, rushing back to school to complete an assignment.
“(I had an essay due) for my English class,” she said.
Tremeer, who also won the 1,500 Thursday, is off to an impressive start in her high school track career.
“I’m super happy and I’m excited too,” she said. “I haven’t run a track season for school so I didn’t really know how I would do.”
Tremeer said it was a rush to compete again after the COVID pandemic.
“It felt really good. I felt nervous but it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “Competing is so much more fun than training. You never know what’s going to happen.
“It’s definitely been hard but thankfully I was able to train a lot with my club so I don’t think I ever really stopped training. It’s been hard because we haven’t been able to have as many meets. I didn’t really know where I was going into this season.”
Being in unfamiliar territory, she didn’t set any specific goals beforehand.
“I wanted to make it to OFSAA [Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) for sure but I just wanted to do my best and do the best I could.”
Tremeer’s personal bests are 2:25 in the 800 and 5:10 in the 1,500.
“I think I’ll obviously have to run fast and hard but I don’t really know where it’s going to put me at OFSAA,” she said. “I have no idea but I guess I’ll just see what I can do.”
Tremeer joined Niagara Olympic Club when she was in Grade 7 at St. Ann Catholic School in Fenwick.
“I’ve always loved to run and I’ve always been pretty good at it too. My parents and I decided to try something new and go with it,” she said.
Tremeer has a big fan in NOC coach Sharon Stewart.
“She’s a very well-rounded athlete. Very physically and mentally strong. Fantastic in competition. She can get it done,” Stewart said. “She has a good balance and perspective. She’s very strong.”
Stewart feels the sky is the limit for Tremeer.
“She’s ready for OFSAA, for sure.”
Last summer Tremeer led the medal haul for NOC at the Ontario U14/16 championships held winning gold as part of the 4×800 relay team, silver with the 4×400 relay team, and bronze in the 1,200-metre race. She also placed seventh in the 800.
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