CHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I. can boast some outstanding young athletes, and three of the best are honoured as Sport P.E.I. highlights its finalists for the Rodd Hotels and Resorts junior female athlete of the year.
Finalists are Quincy Beck (squash), Lorena Ellis (wrestling), and Hannah Taylor (wrestling).
Tickets for the banquet, which will be held at the Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown on Friday, are available by contacting Nick Murray at 368-4547.
It was a year of firsts for Charlottetown’s Quincy Beck.
The outstanding young squash prospect not only dominated events in the region, she became the first female in almost 30 years to qualify for the Men’s A Division.
Ranked sixth nationally at under-19, and the top-ranked junior in Atlantic Canada, Beck’s amazing year included winning the Westchester tournament in Rye, N.Y., the Dalhousie Invitational, and the UPEI Open while she also took home the men’s B titles at SMU and UPEI. Those two B wins elevated her to compete at men’s A status against the best male players in Atlantic Canada.
Quincy also won the consolation title at the Canadian Junior Open, and later this year she will attend the prestigious Ivy-League school Brown University in Providence, R.I., to further her squash career.
Kingston’s Lorena Ellis had another great year on the wrestling mat, with big wins regionally, and at the national level.
It was another Canadian title for Lorena when she won gold, and most outstanding wrestler at the national juveniles, and this was followed up with gold at the Canada Cup, and a hard-earned silver at the Canada Games in the 65-kilo division.
Ellis also showed that she was dominant in the region with gold at the Atlantics and Eastern Canadians, and her great year came to a fitting close when she received the prestigious Bob MacLeod Scholarship from Wrestling Canada for performance and academics.
Just recently, Lorena added another national title to her impressive wrestling resumé.
Ellis’ wrestling teammate, Summerside’s Hannah Taylor, also had an unforgettable 2013, the highlight of which was representing Canada at the FILA cadet world championships in Serbia, where she won one bout and finished seventh.
Taylor earned selection with her gold-medal performance in 52-kilos at the Canadian championships, and the world team trials, dominating all opponents en route to both titles.
The Canada Games flag-bearer, Taylor joined Ellis on the podium with a silver medal, her narrow final defeat being her only loss to a Canadian wrestler in 2013.
With gold at the provincials, Easterns, Atlantics and the Canada Cup, it was a truly unforgettable year for Taylor.