The Trinity Western University Spartans track and field team have signed highly-touted sprinter James Takyi, from Accra, Ghana.
The 5â€™7â€ 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.
â€œWe have been recruiting James over a number of months, but it wasnâ€™t until I had a home visit with him that everything fell into place,â€ Spartans coach Laurier Primeau said. â€œJames 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 â€“ his faith walk, his desire to explore his athletic gifts and his pursuit of academic excellence.â€
Takyi will join the Spartans this January and will compete for the TWU at the 2014 Canada West and CIS championships.
â€œI 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,â€ Takyi said. â€œThe 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, â€œI 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. Iâ€™m also excited to join a strong athletics team under Coach Primeau because I believe I can be a world-class 100m runner.â€