Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Surgery for epileptic seizures
Date of Birth
December 19, 1992
Oakville, NSW
Community Participation program participant
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Sally Pearson

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2013 IPC World Championships

Greatest Moment

Setting a PB to win gold in long jump at the 2015 Australian Championships


Hailing from Baulkham Hills, NSW, Paralympic debutant Taylor Doyle has had her heart set on competing at a Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000. In 2016, she will turn that dream into a reality.

Taylor first became enthralled in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games when her parents carried the torch for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Both parents were active in a tubular sclerosis charity and nominated each other to be part of the formalities.

Born with an intellectual impairment, Taylor began her athletics career as an F20 long jump star. She made her debut for Australia at the Special Olympic Games in Athens in 2011, where she won a gold and a bronze medal. The gold medal came as part of the 4x100m relay team, and her bronze medal came in the long jump. She believes winning gold in Athens gave her a taste of success and fuelled her to keep training to become a Paralympian.

Taylor made her World Championships debut in 2013 in Lyon, France. Competing in the long jump, Taylor made the final and finished in ninth place. While she admits she was hoping to achieve a higher result, she relished the experience of competing amongst Paralympic atheletes across the world.

At the age of 21, Taylor underwent surgery to eliminate the epileptic seizures she experienced while growing up. Although her surgery was successful, she acquired a brain injury which affects her mobility. Despite the setback, Taylor took her acquired disability in stride and was reclassified as a T38 athlete.

Coached by Gregory Smith, Taylor was again selected for the 2015 World Championships in Doha, where she competed in both the 100m T38 and in long jump. She made the final for both events, sprinting 14.29s for a 7th place finish, and jumped 4.28m to place fifth.

Outside of athletics, Taylor enjoys singing and tenpin bowling. Her ultimate goal in life has always been to get to the Paralympics and now that she’s done that, she has her eyes set on being the best athlete she possibly can, and to inspire people with similar disabilities to get involved in sport.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Long Jump Classification: F38