As a child, Aaron Hernandez always dreamed of representing England in the FIFA World Cup. Instead, he’s now representing Canada in track and field. That new dream began in grade 11 when he discovered his natural talent for the triple jump. Canada is where he grew up and where he fell in love with his sport. As a freshman at the University of Lethbridge, he won triple jump gold at the 2014 CIS Championships and was named 2013-14 CIS Male Rookie of the Year for track and field.
Family: Parents Stuart and Nancy Hernandez… Younger siblings Kathleen and Sian… The family moved to Coaldale, Alberta in 2004 after his father retired from the British military following 22 years of service… His mother is from Owen Sound, Ontario so she wanted to raise her children in Canada… They settled in the small town because his father didn’t want them growing up in a big city… Getting into the Sport: Started doing track and field at age 10 through track and field day at middle school… Began taking it seriously in grade 11, transitioning from soccer… Outside Interests: Enjoys hanging out with friends, playing soccer, camping… Finished second year of Bachelor of Management (General Management) at the University of Lethbridge… Works as a manager at Pizza Hut in Lethbridge… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Arrow… Favourite motto: “Good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better is the best.”