SUMMERSIDE – It was a day that Hannah Taylor will not soon forget.
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Hannah Taylor is all smiles after winning a silver medal in wrestling at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que., last week.
The 15-year-old Summerside resident was about to meet Julie Steffler of Ontario for the gold medal in the 52-kilogram class at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
Taylor said the day of the gold-medal match on Aug. 8 that it began to sink in that her first Canada Games competition was nearing an end.
“But when we started warming up we realized this is just another match,” said Taylor, who also experienced another first in winning a silver medal. That was wrestling much later in the day than she is used to.
Taylor noted she stepped onto the mat at 9:07 p.m.
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“I have never wrestled that late at night,” she said. “Usually, a tournament is during the day and then you are done.”
Taylor explained how she and her teammates spent the day preparing for the biggest match of her life to date: “We had a classroom for our whole team, we just sat in there and reflected on our past matches and I was talking to my teammates about this upcoming match.
“We were in there for five hours and it dragged on forever. It was the longest five hours of my life.”
Is there anything in particular that stands out from the gold-medal match?
“I have never wrestled that late at night. Usually, a tournament is during the day and then you are done.” Hannah Taylor
“When she (Steffler) found out she won she jumped up and down,” answered Taylor. “I was like, ‘Man, that should be me.’”
Taylor said a “real bad headache” after her match with Steffler put a damper on her silver-medal achievement.
“Being on the bus everyone was congratulating me, which was really cool,” said Taylor. “Even people from other provinces were saying, ‘Congratulations on your medal, you had a really good match.’”