June 13, 2016
Sport PEI 2016 Scholarship Winners
Sport P.E.I. has recognized three
student-athletes with $1,000 awards, acknowledging their achievements on the
sports field, in the classroom and in their communities. This year the
scholarships were made possible with donations from Sport Centre Physiotherapy
and the PEI Women’s Institute.
Hannah Taylor and Matthew Tanton
from Three Oaks Senior High and Amanda Gormley from Montague Regional High
School were selected for the 2016 awards.
Westisle Composite High School’s
Connor Herget was selected as the recipient of the Earl F. Smith scholarship,
an award named after the P.E.I. Sports Hall of Famer to recognize a high school
graduate embodying the spirit of sport and competition.
Hannah Taylor is one of the top
female wrestlers in the county. Four times she has been named the Most
Outstanding Female Wrestler at the National Wrestling Championship. Over the
past three years, she has won four gold medals, two silver medals and one
bronze at the Canadian Championships.
Taylor has worn the maple leaf at
two World Championships, the Pan American Championship and twice during the
European tour where she took home gold from Spain and bronze in Romania.
But wrestling is not her only sport
as she participates in rugby, field hockey, judo, powerlifting and track &
field. She attended two Canada Games, winning a silver medal at the 2013 Summer
Games in wrestling and placed 5th in judo during the 2015 Winter Games.
After winning her medal in 2013, she was named the flag bearer for PEI at the
Despite all the travel and training,
Taylor still achieved an 80+ average, and in the fall, she will be attending
Brock University to study Sport Management.In addition to all this, Taylor is involved in Rogers - Raising the
Grade program, part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada where she
volunteers with different events. At school, she is part of the Leadership and
Government Council and volunteers with the Breakfast and Lunch Buddy program.
Matthew Tanton is a student who
averages in the 90s and has attended Nationals for two sports - track and field
and basketball. Recently, Tanton broke
the PEISAA senior men’s discus record that dated back to 1974 and was held by
Dave Lundrigan, who contacted Tanton after his accomplishment to congratulate
him. He has attended multiple Legion Track and Field Championship with his best
finish a fifth in discus.
Tanton, who was a PEISAA all-star in
basketball, also participated in rugby, soccer, and cross county running at the
school level, played football in the community.He has been a member on the provincial U15 and U17 men’s basketball
In the fall, Tanton will be
attending Mount Allison University and will be looking to play ACAA basketball with
the Mounties, while working on his science degree.
Honours student Amanda Gormley will be
attending St. Francis Xavier University in the fall to study science. Gormley has represented the Island twice on
the National stage for both hockey and field hockey and is currently looking to
add a third as she is trying out for the U18 women’s rugby provincial team.
Montague Regional High School
recently named her co-Female Athlete of the Year based on her accomplishments
in cross country running, field hockey and rugby, where she took on a
leadership role as captain for two years.Gormley was also a member and assistant captain of the Kings County
Midget AAA girl’s hockey team who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Atlantic
Midget Female Hockey Championships.
Outside of sport and the classroom,
Gormley has been a member of student council every year. She teaches catechism
in her church and tutors students for free. She is also part of the school band
and envirothon team.
Connor Herget, the Earl F. Smith recipient,
has his sights set on making the UNB men’s volleyball team. As the top male volleyball player in the
province, Connor leads by example with a quiet personality but explosive skill
level. His 90+ average has allowed him to select his school of choice to pursue
an engineering degree. In addition to
volleyball, Herget participated in basketball and was PEISAA first team
all-star in both sports.