Published on May 01, 2014
Kensington native Hannah Oatway has committed to the Holland College women’s soccer and volleyball teams for the 2014-15 Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) season.
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Published on May 01, 2014
Hannah Oatway in action with the Kensington Torchettes during the Kensington Intermediate-Senior High (KISH) Volleyball Extravaganza senior AAA girls’ tournament in September.
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Oatway will play both women’s soccer and volleyball
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Holland Hurricanes’ soccer and volleyball teams have received a commitment from Kensington native Hannah Oatway for the 2014-15 Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) season.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Hurricanes’ soccer and volleyball teams in the fall,” said Oatway, who will graduate from Kensington Intermediate-Senior High (KISH) in June. “Sports have been a very important part of my high school experience, and I am looking forward to playing at the next level in college.”
On the soccer field, Oatway attended the 2013 club nationals in St. John’s, N.L., with the Sherwood under-18 girls, and participated on Team P.E.I. at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.
On the volleyball court, Oatway won a P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) silver medal in 2013 with the Kensington Intermediate-Senior High Torchettes, attended the Volleyball Canada Center of Excellence program in 2013-2014 and has received numerous all-star and most–valuable-player (MVP) awards through high school and club competition in recent years.
Kris McKinnon, head coach of the Holland College women’s soccer team, is glad to have Oatway in his lineup next season.
“Adding a player of Hannah's ability to our program is a huge plus,” said MacKinnon. “Having competed at the 2013 Canada Games, she has gained valuable experience that will help her in the ACAA, and boost our program as we challenge for another ACAA title.”
Women’s volleyball head coach Lori-Beth Dwyer shares similar thoughts on Oatway.
I’m very excited to be joining the Hurricanes’ soccer and volleyball teams in the fall. Sports have been a very important part of my high school experience, and I am looking forward to playing at the next level in college.” Hannah Oatway
“Having coached Hannah through the Volleyball Centre of Excellence, I am thrilled to have her join our team,” offered Dwyer. “She is a versatile player who will bring a lot of energy to the floor.”
Oatway is eager to work with the coaching staffs as well.
“I have had the chance to get to know Kris and Lori-Beth this past year when participating in training sessions,” commented Oatway. “The Hurricanes’ soccer team had an outstanding season last fall under Coach McKinnon’s leadership, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to develop as a player with the Hurricanes.
“I’ve also had the chance to work with Lori-Beth in training sessions and it is obvious that she is passionate about volleyball, and I am eager to be a part of her team.”
The hard-working Oatway, who will be entering the early childhood care and education program, feels she is up for the challenge of being a dual student-athlete with the Hurricanes.
“My personal goals for next season are to balance athletics and academics, play my best and to use every chance to learn and improve as a player,” said Oatway.