In January 1981, Tracey Wainman defeated Kay Thomson and Elizabeth Manley to win the Eastern Divisionals, a qualifying competition for nationals, in Nepean, Ontario. She won the figures, short and long programs. The highlight was a clean short program, a first for Wainman, including a perfect double axel-double loop combination. In her long program, she fell on her opening triple salchow and doubled the second one. Reports don’t indicate how many double axels she completed, but at this stage she had four in her program. Manley won the bronze but reportedly landed a triple salchow and triple toe loop, and four double axels; reports say one judge gave her a higher technical mark than Wainman.