Sport P.E.I. honour recognizes outstanding junior female athlete

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Prince Edward Island can boast some outstanding young athletes, and among them are the finalists for Sport P.E.I.'s Rodd Hotels and Resorts Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award.

They are Quincy Beck (squash), Lorena Ellis (wrestling), and Hannah Taylor (wrestling).

Tickets for the banquet on Friday, April 11, at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown, are available by calling Nick Murray at 368-4547.


It was a year of firsts for Beck, as the outstanding young squash prospect not only dominated events in the region, she became the first female in almost 30 years to qualify for the men's A division.

Ranked sixth nationally at under-19, and the top-ranked junior in Atlantic Canada, the Charlottetown native's amazing year included winning the Westchester tournament in Rye, N.Y., the Dalhousie invitational and the UPEI open, while also taking home the women's B titles at Saint Mary's and UPEI. Those two B wins elevated her to compete at men's A status, against the best male players in Atlantic Canada.

Beck also won the consolation title at the Canadian junior open, and later this year she will attend the Ivy League school Brown University in Providence, R.I., to further her squash career.


Ellis had another great year on the wrestling mat, with big wins regionally, and at the national level.

It was another Canadian title for the Kingston native when she won gold, and most outstanding wrestler at the national juveniles, and this was followed up with gold at the Canada Cup, and a hard-earned silver at the Canada Games in the 65-kg division.

Ellis also showed she was dominant in the region with golds at the Atlantics and Eastern Canadians, and her great year came to a fitting close when she received the Bob MacLeod Scholarship from Wrestling Canada for performance and academics. Ellis recently added another national title to her wrestling resume.


Ellis' wrestling teammate, Summerside's Hannah Taylor, also had an unforgettable 2013, the highlight of which was representing Canada at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Serbia, where she won one bout and finished seventh.

Taylor earned selection with her gold-medal performance in 52-kilogram division at the Canadian championships and the world team trials, dominating all opponents en route to both titles.

The Canada Games flag-bearer, Taylor joined Ellis on the podium with a silver medal, her narrow final defeat being her only loss to a Canadian wrestler in 2013.

With further gold at the provincials, Easterns, Atlantics and the Canada Cup, it was a unforgettable year for Taylor.

Organizations: Rodd Hotels, Canada Games, Ivy League Brown University

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Westchester Rye, N.Y. Saint Mary Providence, R.I. Kingston Serbia

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