Hannah Kent is “Up for the Challenge”

By Jill Bellefontaine 

 This Septemberwill 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 yearsthis  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 talentsHannah had Maritime Athletic Profiles produce a player profile video, along with some highlight videos. After seeing these videosfive 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 herbeing 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,  DarrWelding,  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, butI 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.” 

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