Spartans sign national champion long jumper

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Mark Janzen, Assistant Sports Information Director

December 6, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western track and field coach Laurier Primeau added a major piece to the Spartans long jumping and hurdling future as he officially announced the signing of Canadian national youth long jump champion Andrew de Visser (Vancouver) Friday.

De Visser, who will graduate from Prince of Wales Mini School in 2014, won the U18 long jump competition at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships this past summer in Langley with a personal best jump of 6.81m.

On the track, de Visser, who competes with the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track & Field Club, has a personal best time of 14.48m in the 110m hurdles. In 2011, he won the U16 100m hurdles at the Legion Canadian Youth Championships in Ottawa with a time of 13.95.

“I have known Andrew since he was in elementary school and was a member of the Vancouver Thunderbirds, which is the club that I coached with from 2000 to 2009,” Primeau said. “I have observed his quiet determination for a number of years on the track and I know that he has the same transferable skillset in the classroom. Andrew comes to TWU as the reigning national youth long jump champion and is among the best hurdlers in B.C. This, coupled with his impressive academics and his faith background makes him a great fit for our burgeoning team.

“There is a triangulation of the classic win-win scenario here. In this case the University wins through the addition of this academic stalwart, the team wins because of his performance potential and Andrew wins because he is going to receive a top-shelf education in a Christian environment.”

De Visser has been an honour roll student throughout high school and has been on the Principal’s List – 92 per cent and above – in each year since Grade 10.

“I’m looking forward to training and competing under a great coach like Laurier Primeau, as well as receiving a quality business education at TWU within a strong Christian environment,” said de Visser, who plans to study business and accounting. “Trinity Western has everything I was looking for and wanted in a university.”

Since October, TWU has now signed seven athletes who plan to begin university competition in 2014-15. Along with de Visser, the Spartans have added heptathletes Robyn Wear (Gimlin, Man.) and Hannah Beaton (Langley), sprinters/hurdlers Jordyn Piercy (Victoria) and Madison Evans (Calgary) and distance runners Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) and Michelle Schubert (Yakima, Wash.).

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