By Jill Bellefontaine
This September will be unlike any other for Hannah Kent, 13 of Musquodoboit Harbour, who will be attending Kent Prep School in Kent, Connecticut, USA, thanks to her lacrosse and hockey successes.
Growing up, Hannah used to be highly active in competitive kayaking, but gave up paddling to devote her time to hockey and lacrosse. She’s been playing hockey and lacrosse for more than 7 years; this summer alone she played on three separate lacrosse teams. “I played for the Dartmouth Bandits in the Metro League,” Hannah said. “And I was fortunate enough to go away to three Canadian Nationals this summer. I played for the bantam girl’s box lacrosse, bantam boy’s box lacrosse, and the U19 girl’s field lacrosse team.”
To showcase her sports talents, Hannah had Maritime Athletic Profiles produce a player profile video, along with some highlight videos. After seeing these videos, five different schools recruited Hannah, and she chose Kent Prep School as the best combination for education and athletics.
Hannah has won a number of awards over the years. She said two things stood out for her: being named on the All-Star team at the bantam girl’s box lacrosse nationals this summer, and winning three B gold championships at boy’s nationals.
One of the biggest obstacles facing any athlete is the cost of competing at ever-higher levels, and Hannah was quick to thank everyone who had helped her and her family thus far. “Playing these sports and going away to many championships can be pretty pricey,” Hannah said. “My parents do what they can financially but we've needed to get the help and support from the community through many individuals and businesses, including Bakers Point Fisheries, Disc Clinic, Sheltered Cove Marine, Nancy Lobban Accounting, Capital Sports Club, Darr Welding, and many others, which my family and I very much appreciated.”
Hannah is looking forward to being challenged both physically and academically during her time at Kent Prep School. “I am very excited for this opportunity; a little nervous, but I love the feel of the school and the athletics programs and the coaches. It has a small town feel which I am used too.”
She brings high educational and athletic goals to Kent Prep School. “Through sports, I would like to achieve a high-level education,” she said. “And my ultimate sports goal would be to represent my country in either lacrosse or hockey. I know it will be lots of work, but I am up for the challenge.”