Ghanaian sprinter joins Langley-based TWU

The Trinity Western University Spartans track and field team have signed highly-touted sprinter James Takyi, from Accra, Ghana.

The 5’7” Takyi, who graduated from the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar in 2014, has a personal best of 10.42 seconds (plus 2.1) in the 100-metre sprint, and 21.46 in the 200m.

“We have been recruiting James over a number of months, but it wasn’t until I had a home visit with him that everything fell into place,” Spartans coach Laurier Primeau said. “James has had excellent coaching over the last 18 months and we know that, given his stature, he is well suited for the short sprints. TWU will be a great place for James to be for the next five years from all the perspectives that are important to us – his faith walk, his desire to explore his athletic gifts and his pursuit of academic excellence.”

Takyi will join the Spartans this January and will compete for the TWU at the 2014 Canada West and CIS championships.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to becoming a member of TWU, both as a student and a member of the team,” Takyi said. “The Aspire Academy has given me the chance to pursue my athletic and educational dreams and I will be forever grateful. If not for Aspire and the help of coach Primeau, I would not be in this position today.

He added, “I am attending TWU in pursuit of a post-secondary education. I understand the importance of this type of education, being from Ghana and living in the Middle East for the past six years. I’m also excited to join a strong athletics team under Coach Primeau because I believe I can be a world-class 100m runner.”

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