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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012



LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western track and field team will enter the world of CIS women’s pole vaulting this fall already in contention for a national medal as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau announced the signing of top-flight Australian vaulter Rebecca Marchant of Blackburn, Melbourne Thursday.

The 5-foot-8 graduate of East Doncaster Secondary School (2011) and transfer from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has a personal best pole vault of 4.00m, which is a clearance that, if vaulted this past season, would have won her a Canada West gold medal and a CIS silver medal. And for her age, 19, there is no currently competing Canadian who has jumped even within 10 centimetres of her personal best, which is a height that, if she was Canadian, would have her tied for the second best junior women’s vault of all time.

“Sometimes, when recruiting, finding the right performance, academic and faith combination for Trinity Western University is a welcome challenge, and sometimes, through God’s work, things seem to fall into place for us,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “The addition of Rebecca to our team is an example of the latter. Not only is she an excellent pole vaulter but she also has an incredibly high academic standard and, beyond that, has shown a heart for serving through her help with homeless and disadvantaged youth.”

Marchant, who is amongst the top three junior pole vaulters in Australia, has competed for Athletics Victoria since 2005 and has also been a part of Australia’s U17 to U19 national development squads.

At the Australian Age Championships, Marchant has won three gold medals and four silver medals in pole vault since 2009 and three silver medals in triple jump since 2007.

In pole vault, she also came second in the 2011 Australian Open Championship and third in the 2011 Taiwan Indoor Invitational Championship.

In the classroom, Marchant was amongst the very best in Australia as she ranked in the top seven percent of all high school graduates. She has also earned the East Doncaster SC Merit Certificate each of the past six years along with three East Doncaster SC subject excellence awards. On top of all of that, Marchant also earned the Victorian Olympic Council’s Pierre de Coubertin award for good sportsmanship in 2011.

“Attending Trinity Western provides a unique opportunity to combine athletics with my faith, which are two of my great passions,” said Marchant, who plans to study either political science or business marketing. “I am also excited about experiencing a different culture and particularly living on campus.”

Marchant joins Anastasia Pearse, Nick Ayin. Braedon Dolfo, Erin Kokayko, Delyth Harper, James Linde, Joel De Schiffart and Levi Neufeld as part of the Primeau’s announced 2012 recruiting class.


This fall Trinity Western will enter its third year back competing in the CIS after a six-year hiatus.

After the Spartans returned to track and field in the fall of 2010, the program has taken huge strides in becoming a competitive group at both the Canada West and CIS levels.

In 2011-12, the Spartans made a triumphant return to both the Canada West and CIS podiums as Trinity Western collected six conference medals and two national medals.

At the CIS Championships, high jumper Emma Nuttall claimed the Spartans first gold medal since 2002 when Laura Wilson won in the 60m with a season’s best jump of 1.82m. On that same day, middle distance runner Fiona Benson captured a bronze medal in the 1500m with a time of 4:29.35.

On top of their double-medal effort at the CIS national championships, at the Canada West Championships the Spartans were also very productive as Calum Innes (60m) and Benson (1500m) won gold medals, Nuttall (high jump) and Benson (1000m) each captured silver medals and Blair Johnston (1500m) and Jake Powrie (pentathlon) earned bronze medals.

Over their history, the Spartans have a total of seven CIS medals, including two gold medals (Nuttall [high jump] – 2012 and Laura Wilson [60m] – 2002), one silver medal (Ian Sharp [1000m] – 2002) and four bronze medals (Benson [1500m] – 2012, Justin Beanblossom [600m] – 2002 and 2003 and Aleena Zibin [Shot Put] – 2003).


Last Updated: 2013-08-22
Author: Mark Janzen