For the world FILA cadet wrestling championships
SUMMERSIDE – Wrestler Hannah Taylor didn’t have any time to bask in the glory of a silver-medal performance at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
After arriving home from Week 1 of competition in Sherbrooke, Que., on Saturday, Aug. 10, the Summerside resident was out for an hour’s training run that evening. She went for another hour-long run Sunday, and was back in the gym Monday preparing for the FILA cadet world championship.
“We’re really happy that Hannah has the opportunity to go to Serbia and not only represent Canada, but P.E.I. at the world level,” said Marcia Chiasson, who will coach Taylor at the worlds. “It’s going to be her first world championship.
“To have someone who is a year under the age group to have the opportunity to go and represent her country at worlds is quite a deal.”
The 15-year-old Taylor will leave on Monday for her first international competition, and will become the youngest competitor to attend the world wrestling championships. She will compete in the Cadet Division for 16- and 17-year-olds after going 8-0 (won-lost) at the national championships and FILA world team trials earlier this summer in Saskatoon, Sask.
“The world championship is a single-elimination tournament, so if she loses one match she will be out of the tournament,” said Chiasson. “It will be important for her to go out and wrestle as hard as she can to try and get as much experience as she can.
“As a coaching staff, we feel she is in position to win a couple of matches, but considering her age it is going to be a good learning experience for her.”
Taylor is scheduled to arrive in Zrenjanin, Serbia on Aug. 20, and will have two practices leading up to the one-day competition on Aug. 23.
“It will be a practice where I do wrestling, but I also do hard workouts so I can get my weight down,” said Taylor, who will compete in the 52-kilogram category.
With wrestlers having to come in under a certain weight category, Taylor must constantly display strong discipline when it comes to her diet.
“Being 15-year-olds and going out with all my friends and saying, ‘No, I’m not allowed to eat that, I’m not allowed to eat that’ and staying where I’m at is really hard,” said Taylor, who is expected to move up to the 56-kilogram weight class next year. “Plus, when I get there, even after being on a diet and still having to do that little extra bit of work is pretty hard, but it’s worth it.”
“We’re really happy that Hannah has the opportunity to go to Serbia and not only represent Canada, but P.E.I. at the world level. It’s going to be her first world championship. To have someone who is a year under the age group to have the opportunity to go and represent her country at worlds is quite a deal.” Marcia Chiasson
Taylor will also visit sports psychologist Dany MacDonald of Charlottetown before leaving for Serbia.
“I went to see him before the (Canada) Games,” offered Taylor. “We talked a lot about mental prep for the Games.
“Now that it’s over I’m going to go see him again and talk about goal-setting for worlds. I can’t go in there and set unrealistic goals for myself and be crushed. I want to set realistic goals and meet my goals.”