Bouncing Towards a World Cup
It was a busy start to his summer vacation beginning with an international athletic competition on the other side of the world and returning home with an incredible accomplishment and much to look forward to.
From June 23 to 26, 2022, Botond Remias, who recently completed his Grade 11 year at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS), travelled to Coimbra, Portugal to represent Canada in trampoline at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Trampoline World Cup.
“My goal is to someday compete in the Olympics and share my love for this sport with younger athletes,” says Remias, who placed sixth in the international competition that included 35 other competitors in his age group. He was also the youngest athlete in the boys 17+ age group to compete!
“What I enjoy most about trampoline is the positive community and sportsmanship,” he says. “I am able to grow and flourish in my environment leading to my success. Everyone cheers each other on instead of ‘competing’.”
Remias’ event at the Trampoline World Cup 2022 was the Double Mini Trampoline, a discipline within the sport where the gymnast performs acrobatic skills on a smaller-sized trampoline that features both a flat and angled section.
Since returning from the world competition, Remias has been named to Canada’s National Development Team and plans to attend the World Age Groups competition in the fall of 2022.
“The most challenging aspect is dealing with mental blocks, since completing so many flips and twists can sometimes be confusing,” says Remias, who has been training in the sport for the past five years. “Mental training is definitely just as essential as physical training in the gym.”
Remias trains four hours a day, three to four times per week at AIM Gymnastics in Pickering.
“I have been fortunate to teach Botond for two years, where his drive and diligence in both his academics and sport have shone brightly, as he balances his strong academic grades with athletic excellence,” says Alessandra Lombardi, Remias’ World Religions teacher at SMCS. “With the constant hurdles of pandemic learning and training, Botond has maintained and excelled in his academics and athletics with perseverance, dedication, and motivation.”
“St. Michael’s has supported my athletic journey by providing the necessary education and support to maintain a healthy mental and physical state,” says Remias. “My teachers and peers emphasize how important a school-training balance is as well, which is crucial to success.”
Along with his goal to one day compete in the Olympics, he is also interested in pursuing a career in life sciences.
“I am extremely proud of Botond, and cannot wait to watch him flip, twist, and leap to the gold medal!” Lombardi says. “Your St. Mike’s family will be cheering you on! Best of luck Botond! We cannot wait to see where this journey will take you!”