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Georgie McKenna of the Three Oaks Axewomen kicks the ball during the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AAA Girls Soccer League championship game against the Charlottetown Rural Raiders in Cornwall in October.
Georgie McKenna of the Three Oaks Axewomen kicks the ball during the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior AAA Girls Soccer League championship game against the Charlottetown Rural Raiders in Cornwall in October.

SUMMERSIDE – Georgie McKenna has scored the biggest goal of her career, and it didn’t even come on the soccer pitch.

McKenna recently submitted a nomination for the Playtex Play On grant program, and was one of 10 winners selected from across Canada. As a result, McKenna’s team – Three Oaks senior AAA girls – will receive a $5,000 grant that will go towards equipment and field improvements at the Summerside high school.
“They are really interested in giving recognition to girls’ sports programs, which is something I believe in,” said McKenna, who plays centre defence with the Axewomen. “The idea of the grant is (for girls) to get involved, and that you can do anything basically.”
Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault was elated to hear the news, and praised McKenna’s initiative.
“It’s awesome,” said Arsenault, who added the senior AAA girls’ team will ultimately decide how the money is spent. “Georgie had mentioned she had something pop up on her Instagram account.
“It was one of those things I don’t know if she expected to win, but obviously she submitted an excellent nomination.”
Although the money goes to the nominator’s team, McKenna is thrilled that all soccer players and users of the Three Oaks facility will benefit from the field improvements.
“It’s nice to leave behind a little bit of a legacy,” said McKenna, who is a member of the Three Oaks senior AAA girls’ basketball team as well. “The money will definitely be put to good use.”

McKenna recently submitted a nomination for the Playtex Play On grant program, and was one of 10 winners selected from across Canada. As a result, McKenna’s team – Three Oaks senior AAA girls – will receive a $5,000 grant that will go towards equipment and field improvements at the Summerside high school.
“They are really interested in giving recognition to girls’ sports programs, which is something I believe in,” said McKenna, who plays centre defence with the Axewomen. “The idea of the grant is (for girls) to get involved, and that you can do anything basically.”
Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault was elated to hear the news, and praised McKenna’s initiative.
“It’s awesome,” said Arsenault, who added the senior AAA girls’ team will ultimately decide how the money is spent. “Georgie had mentioned she had something pop up on her Instagram account.
“It was one of those things I don’t know if she expected to win, but obviously she submitted an excellent nomination.”
Although the money goes to the nominator’s team, McKenna is thrilled that all soccer players and users of the Three Oaks facility will benefit from the field improvements.
“It’s nice to leave behind a little bit of a legacy,” said McKenna, who is a member of the Three Oaks senior AAA girls’ basketball team as well. “The money will definitely be put to good use.”

Submission
McKenna had to submit a 150-to-200-word paragraph as to why her team deserved the grant.
“I wrote that sometimes girls’ sports aren’t as appreciated as boys’ sports, and it’s time we change that,” she explained.
McKenna, who began playing soccer when she was five years old, has always had a strong passion for the sport.
“I’m a pretty competitive person, and I like to win,” offered McKenna. “I like the team dynamic, and each year you get to meet and play with different people.”
And what was McKenna’s reaction after learning her submission was one of the winners?
“I was really excited,” she answered. “It was a Canadian competition, and it’s pretty cool for someone from a small town to win it.”

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