Trinity Western University’s track and field team added a major piece to its long jump and triple jump teams as Aaron Postma officially committed to the Spartans Tuesday.
The 5’11” Abbotsford product, who will graduate from Abbotsford Christian Secondary this year, has a personal record of 13.49 metres in the triple jump and a personal best of 6.28m in long jump, which he posted in the 2015 provincial championships to finish fourth.
Postma is a three-time B.C. championship medallist.
In 2014, when he was in Grade 10, he captured a gold medal in long jump with a mark of 6.18m and a silver medal in triple jump with a mark of 12.69m.
The following year, in 2015, he finished first in triple jump and fourth in long jump after posting his personal records in both events.
“I chose Trinity Western because I first had a great relationship with [Spartans assistant coach] Kim Chapdelaine and then I went to s TWU a track camp and it was just awesome,” said Postma, who plans to take general studies in his first year.
“I’ve heard it is a great Christian atmosphere to be a part of and, from what I’ve seen, you’re going to improve at TWU. You’re going to get stronger and bigger and at the same time, the athletes there are really helpful and very encouraging.”
Beyond track and field, the multi-sport athlete is also a star basketball and volleyball player with Abbotsford Christian and was named his school’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year after his Grade 10 year and the Senior Male Athlete of the Year following his Grade 11 year.
“This is a kid who is an athlete,” Spartans coach Rob Pike said. “It’s very rare in North America when we get an athlete like this because typically they’ll end up playing a team sport like basketball or volleyball or football. So, it’s really exciting that Aaron has chosen track and to be honest, his potential is almost limitless. Aaron is a quiet, humble, focused and disciplined kid and I think he’ll really fit into our team well.”
Abbotsford Christian track and field coach Jack Boersma said: “It’s been great to see a guy like Aaron, who started track and field in Grade 9, find his events and then do so well. To see him sign today is a wonderful thing. I love Trinity Western. I think it’s a wonderful institution for young athletes. I think he will be blessed by what he’ll experience at Trinity Western and I think the school will be blessed by Aaron.”