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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 closing ceremony.

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 teams.

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.


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