Photos: provided by Trevor Oleniuk.
So… as I was thinking who’s next for a Voodoo jam hype interview… I was scrolling through the expert class registration list for Voodoo, and I came across the name Trevor Oleniuk, and I thought hmmm but getting hold of him might take a while…. And randomly Pete Olsen got in contact and suggested Trevor and gave me a contact, almost like fate really… So you might not know the name, which in my eyes makes this all the more interesting. Voodoo bringing out new names, just what we need!!!!
Firstly Trevor introduce yourself?
I’m a twenty six year old dude from Saskatoon, SK, Canada – home of Andrew Faris, Peter Olsen, Brandon Derbowka, and formerly Cory Strat. I’ve been riding for 10 or so years, though I took a bit of a hiatus a few years back while I went through law school and got married. I’m technically a lawyer now, but I don’t work in private practice. I get a real kick in telling people at work I’m going to NOLA for a BMX contest.
You are new to the contest scene, what made you decide on competing at voodoo?
It has always been on my bucket list. I’ve been to some of the other big contests (KOG, FISE, Toronto, Vancouver Metro) and I figured I should hit up Voodoo before its too late. I also need to represent Western Canada because it doesn’t look like anyone outside of Ontario and Quebec is heading down.
Any kind of contest preparations you are going through right now to get ready for Voodoo?
I wrote out a bit of a trick list, and try to session the same links every day. I considered doing the whole five-in-a-row thing, but that process only helped to confirm how inconsistent I am.
How important are contests in keeping you motivated?
Being from Western Canada, contests have never really been all that important. When I first got into riding the Saskatoon crew (formerly known as the “SFL”) used to hit up the 1664 contests in Edmonton. Once those sort of fizzled out, western Canada started doing more jams and I think it’s influenced everyone’s riding style and perception of contests. The last contest I went to was Toronto 2011 and it changed my overall view of contests. It was rad. A lot of the same guys will be at Voodoo so I’m expecting a similar experience.
All the way from canada for the trip, how you getting down to New Orleans you flying or driving?
New Orleans is like 2100 miles (3300 KM) from Saskatoon – I’m flying.
Who are you looking to as the main competition for you?
To be honest it’s myself. There are so many good riders who will be at this contest. If they land all their stuff I don’t think I have a chance. I’m better off going for a personal best or whatever.
Are you planning to drop any new tricks at Voodoo?
There should be a few new things ready by then. I was hoping for a few more, but flatland doesn’t work that way.
Who are you really psyched to see ride in New Orleans?
Everyone? I’ve tried to narrow it to just a couple of riders, but I think I’ll be diplomatic.
Are you ready for Scott O’Brien getting crazy on the mic?
As long as he knows all the words to Dancing Queen by ABBA.
Any closing comments on the Voodoo jam?
Bring the hype!
Indeed! Bring the hype! Good luck at Voodoo Trevor! Who’s next then??
All the news, riderlists, etc, leading up to the event. Hit it!