May 12, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western track and field team officially added three more athletes to its incoming recruiting class as coach Laurier Primeau announced the signing of middle distance and cross country runners Hannah Gaensler (Seven Sisters Falls, Man.) and Jordan Gin (Surrey, B.C.) and sprinter Aidan Kits (Langley) Monday.
Hannah Gaensler (Seven Sisters Falls, Man.)
Gaensler, who graduated from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute in 2012 after moving to Ontario in her Grade 12 year, comes to TWU for what will be her third year of eligibility, having previously attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.
The 5-foot-8 middle distance runner, who competed at the club level with the Winnipeg Optimist Athletics and the Ottawa Lions, has personal bests of 10:13 in the 3000m and 4:45 in the 1500m.
“Recruiting and building a nationally competitive team happens in two different ways,” Primeau said. “While, on the one hand we work hard to proactively search out talent that we believe will fit into TWU’s culture, sometimes God delivers unexpected talent to us. Hannah fits into the second category. One day, out of the blue, she contacted me and we have worked hard over the past four months to determine that TWU is going to be a good academic, spiritual and athletic fit for her. Hannah’s running talents have earned her accolades both in Manitoba and Ontario, and now it is time to demonstrate her running ability in British Columbia.”
With Roberts Wesleyan, Gaensler helped the women’s team to the 2013 NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) cross country championship.
While still in Manitoba, she was a three-time provincial champion in the 3000m, winning in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She finished ninth in the 3000m at the 2012 OFFSA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) track and field championships.
Academically, Gaensler maintained a 3.98 GPA on a 4.0 scale at Roberts Wesleyan.
“There are a lot of schools near my home in Ontario that I could potentially study at but, for some reason, I am going across the country, trusting that God knows why I am to go to TWU,” said Gaensler, who plans to study nursing. “I am very excited and I look forward to all that lies ahead. It seems like TWU has a great nursing program and a great distance team. It looks like a good fit for me.”
Jordan Gin (Surrey, B.C.)
The 5-foot-7 cross country and middle distance runner will graduate from White Rock Christian Academy this year and is an up-and-coming talent who has vast potential.
He has personal best times of 4:21 in the 1500m, 9:30 in the 3000m and 2:04 in the 800m.
“We believe that Jordan has only begun to tap into his running potential and that his future is bright,” Primeau said. “He possesses good range and will contribute much to our team, both in terms of performance and culture. Jordan comes to us wanting to enhance his already strong walk with Christ and I believe he will find the education, running satisfaction and faith-based ethos that he is looking for.”
Gin, who grew up in Nepal as his parents were missionaries there until 2007, said: “I wanted to attend a university where I would be encouraged in my walk with Christ and where honouring God with my talents and abilities was a primary focus. TWU has amazing academic and athletic programs and I am excited to join and contribute to both of these facets of university life.”
Gin plans to study business while at TWU.
Aidan Kits (Langley)
The 6-foot-1 local sprinter will come to the Spartans after graduating from Langley Christian this spring and will do so with a strong familiarity with the TWU program, as he competed at the club level with the Langley Mustangs.
Kits currently has a personal best time of 50.78 in the 400m.
“Last year, the university’s motto was ‘Rooted and Reaching,’” Primeau said. “Bringing Aidan into the fold is a great demonstration of us being rooted in the home-grown local talent that is trained right here in Langley. As a current Langley Christian student-athlete, Aidan already understands the expectations of coalescing sport, academics and faith at TWU and, as such, we expect a smooth transition to post-secondary life for him. Athletically, we look forward to building our 4×400 relay team, and Aidan will be in the mix in his first year.”
Kits, who plans to study pre-engineering at TWU, said: “I’ve heard many good things from students at TWU and I’m excited to be able to attend here both as a student and as an athlete.”
Since October, the Spartans have now officially signed 13 athletes who plan to begin university competition in 2014-15. Along with Gaensler, Gin and Kits, the Spartans have added pole vaulter Emma Li (Markham, Ont.), long jumper Andrew de Visser (Vancouver), heptathletes Robyn Wear (Gimlin, Man.) and Hannah Beaton (Langley), sprinters Jordyn Piercy (Victoria), Madison Evans (Calgary) and Andrew de Groot (Nanaimo, B.C.) and distance runners Marita De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.), Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg), Michelle Schubert (Yakima, Wash.).