Trinity Western adds Canadian record holder
A Canadian record-holding Paralympic athlete is joining the Trinity Western Spartans and their track and field program.
Leah Robinson, who has cerebral palsy, received a Dean’s scholarship and will take general studies.
“I was drawn to the small campus life, Christian environment and excellent track and field coaching and facilities,” she said. “I look forward to beginning a new chapter in my life here.”
She comes to Langley from Kitchener, Ont. where she attended Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, graduating in 2011.
She won the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations gold medal in the 100m event in both Grades 9 and 11. She did not compete in high school track in Grades 10 or 12.
Robinson has twice represented Canada at the Paralympic Games (2008 and 2012) as well as the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 IPC world championships.
She holds Canadian records in the T37 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m races.
“We are excited to have Leah join the Trinity Western family,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau, who coached Robinson in London when he was the head coach for Canada’s Paralympic team.
“As a two-time Paralympian, she will bring both valuable experience and a high-performance attitude to our squad.”
The Spartans track and field team opens their season on Saturday (Jan. 12) at the University of Washington Indoor Preview.