Taylor to wrestle for Canada in Romania, Spain, Mexico, Bosnia

Jason Malloy jmalloy@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 20, 2015

Hannah Taylor's passport is in for a workout during the next four months.

The Summerside native and Charlottetown resident earned a spot on the Fila cadet national wrestling team following a competition earlier this month in Fredericton, N.B. She went 4-0 and did not concede a point in the 56-kilogram division.

She is now training to compete in Romania, Spain, Mexico and Bosnia while wearing the Canadian colours.

"I have a really fun-filled summer up ahead," she said smiling following a recent training session in Charlottetown.

"I knew after I won my fourth match that I made it and I achieved what I wanted to," said Taylor, who turns 17 on April 30. "I did a little fist pump. I was really excited knowing that I can travel all summer."

This will be the second time Taylor has made the national team.

After winning silver at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., Taylor competed at the world championships in Serbia. She won a match and finished seventh and is looking to improve this time around.

Taylor has amassed more than 100 wins against six losses during her five-year career.

She is driven to get better and admitted to learning from each defeat. Her strength, quickness and work ethic are among her top qualities.

"Right off the bat there has been something special about Hannah and her work ethic," said Niklas Cummins, a coach at the Island Wrestling Academy that trains at Colonel Gray High School. "She earns what she gets."

He said the gifted athlete has excelled at each level, has a great attitude and is a role model for younger wrestlers. While she is friendly, he pointed out, she's ultra competitive on the mat.

"It's like a switch goes off in her and she goes into game mode," Cummins said. "It's really neat to see."

Taylor, who also trains with the Wolfpack club in Summerside, is looking forward to the summer, but is also in the process of trying to find ways to raise the estimated $10,000 to take part. She said she is fortunate to have a supportive family, but is also looking for sponsors and to do some fundraisers.

The international competitions are important for her to keep progressing in the sport. Taylor is considering leaving the province for a semester to train with a university team and hopes to compete at the 2020 Olympics in her favourite sport.

"I love it and it's taught me a lot of life lessons," Taylor said.

It has provided her an opportunity to have an active lifestyle and given her confidence.

"This is what I want to do with my life, whether I just wrestle at university or even become a coach," she said.


A look at the upcoming international wrestling competitions Hannah Taylor will be competing in:

May 8 to 10 - Tournament in Bucharest, Romania.

May 11 to 15 - Training camp in San Javier, Spain.

May 16 to 17 - Tournament in San Javier, Spain.

July 3 to 8 - Cadet Pan American championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Aug. 25 to 30 - Cadet world championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia.