Hannah Blatt, a talented 15-year old student at St. Mary’s Academy, who excels in both squash and tennis, was named the 2014 Jewish Athlete of the Year at the 42nd Annual Rady Jewish Community Centre Sports Dinner that featured as guest speaker Earvin (Magic) Johnson, the former Los Angeles Lakers NBA all-star and a member of the NBA Hall of Fame.
Among her accomplishments this past year, Hannah Blatt was nominated for Manitoba’s 2013 Female Youth Athlete of the Year and competed both nationally and internationally. At the 2013 USA Junior Open, the world’s largest junior squash tournament, she was the top Canadian in the under-15 division and placed sixth overall. She also reached the finals of the 2013 Canadian Junior Nationals for the first time and won the silver medal. She also tied her previous personal best by winning the bronze medal at the 2013 Canadian Junior Open Championship. This year, she placed 14th in the under-15 category at the British Junior Open and was fifth in the under-15 category at the Scottish Junior Open. She is also the No. 1-ranked under-16 tennis player in Manitoba.
The other finalists nominated for the Max and Idy Nusgart Memorial Award were Yale Michaels, a Harvard University regular starter at the fullback position and president of the Harvard rugby team; Annika Armstrong, a Kelvin High School student and member of the under-17 Canadian women’s water polo team; Elizabeth Sera, Concordia University CIS wrestling champion; and Saul Shrom, who was the MVP on the Colorado State University (Pueblo Campus) tennis team in both singles and doubles play.