Taylor has had to fundraise for trip to worlds
SUMMERSIDE – Not only has Hannah Taylor had to worry about her performance on the wrestling mat, but she and her supporters have had to work hard behind the scenes to raise necessary funds.
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Hannah Taylor takes a break during a training session at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.
Taylor will represent Canada at the FILA cadet world championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia, and athletes are responsible for all costs. Taylor will compete on Aug. 23.
“She (Hannah) wouldn’t have made it without the donations and generous support,” said her mother, Bonnie Taylor.
Vector Aerospace, Precision Mechanical, RCAFA 200 Wing, Cox and Palmer and City of Summerside have all made significant contributions to Taylor’s trip to the world championships. Hannah has also done a lot of fundraising.
“It’s hard for young athletes to compete at this level because everything is on their own where she is not old enough to qualify for any of the carded status or athletes assistance in that respect,” explained Bonnie. “For her to be able to continue to compete, she needs continued sponsorship.
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“It’s nice to see the community helping and really backing her.”
Hannah also wants everyone to know how much she appreciates their support and what it means to wear the Canadian maple leaf.
“It’s kind of overwhelming to know I’m going to fight internationally,” she said. “Now that I have my Canada gear in, it’s so real that it came this quick.”
“It’s hard for young athletes to compete at this level because everything is on their own where she is not old enough to qualify for any of the carded status or athletes assistance in that respect. For her to be able to continue to compete, she needs continued sponsorship. It’s nice to see the community helping and really backing her.” Bonnie Taylor
Taylor also noted the support she has received from training partners Mary McQuaid of Charlottetown, Ligrit Sadiku of Summerside, Jake Mallett of Charlottetown and Hunter Bell of Charlottetown.
“It’s hard to keep focus if you only have one wrestler in the room,” said Taylor. “They come in and make it as normal practice as possible.”