SUMMERSIDE -- Some time between now and Friday morning Bonnie Taylor hopes to find a reliable online video stream so that she can watch her daughter Hannah’s first international wrestling match live from Zrenjanin, Serbia.
Bonnie hasn’t spoken with Hannah since loading her on a plane Monday for her flight to the FILA Cadet World Championships, where she will compete in the single elimination competition in the 52 kg division.
She has learned via facebook, though, that her daughter arrived safely but her luggage didn’t.
The missing luggage will not get in the way of competing, though. “She carries everything she needs for her match in her backpack; she never checks that,” Mom pointed out.
“She’s real upbeat on it and everything,” Bonnie said of Hannah’s enthusiasm level heading into Friday’s competition.
A Wednesday night post indicated there’s free breakfast in her hotel and cheesecake is included. Mom was confident she would stay away from that at least until after this afternoon’s medical and weigh-in.
Hannah Taylor’s road to FILA started innocently enough three years ago.
“She wanted to try (wrestling),” Bonnie related. They learned of a tournament in Salisbury New Brunswick and signed her up. “She started out with a silver (medal) before she even had a club or a coach or anything. She just wanted to try it out and see how she’d get along.”
Soon she had a coach and a place to train, “and she hasn’t looked back since,” Bonnie reflected. Until her silver medal at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec on August 8, all of her wrestling meets since the Salisbury tournament were golden. She trains five days a week and already has her eyes fixed on a prize beyond Serbia. “She still has the Olympics in her eyes,” acknowledged Mom. “You never know.”
She will be making long weekend trips to Montreal to train with five-time world champion, Martine Dugrenier, as she pursues her wrestling goals.
There are seven females and eight males on Canada’s wrestling team in Zrenjanin, and Hannah is the only wrestler from P.E.I. She’s also the youngest team member in a competition meant for 16 and 17 year-olds. The 15 year-old from Summerside, who enters Grade 10 at Three Oaks next month, earned her spot on the team with an 8-0 performance at the recent National Championships and FILA world team trials in Saskatoon.
So, 15 days after weighing the P.E.I. green and white in the gold medal match at the Canada Games, Taylor is set to don Canada’s red and white in Serbia.
“She was a pretty proud little girl when she got those on,” said Bonnie Taylor of her daughter’s reaction when the Team Canada gear arrived at her home.
The draw for the FILA competition will be posted on Wrestling Canada’s site later today. There are 19 wrestlers in Taylor’s class, and she will keep on moving up the ladder for as long as she keeps winning. “She’ll just do one match at a time,” Bonnie said of her daughter’s approach.