Since the age of 10, Tyan Taylor knew that she was going to play goalball for Australia. While watching the Australian Team compete at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, she made an agreement with her grandmother that she would one day play goalball at a future Paralympic Games.
In 2009, her vision support teacher at high school was shown a demonstration of goalball as a way of introducing the sport to schools and it was then that she was able to work toward the goals she had set for herself nine years earlier.
Participating at a ‘Goalball for Schools’ gala day, Tyan found herself on the winning side of the tournament. Soon enough she was selected to play for NSW at the National Championships where she was the second highest goal scorer at the competition. She impressed Australian coaches so much that two months after she began competing, she was invited to train with the national women’s team.
Her quick ascent in the sport saw her make her international debut at the 2011 IBSA World Championships, where she scored her first international goal against Spain. Still one of her career highlights to date, the goal also earned her the title of most valuable player.
Nicknamed ‘little girl’ for being the smallest on the team, Tyan more than makes up for size with her loud and bubbly personality.
She says the important thing in her sporting career is to make sure she is always having fun.
While training for Rio, she turns to retired Paralympic swimmer Sarah Rose for inspiration. She says Sarah has always provided invaluable advice on how to juggle training, work as well as the other parts of her life.
Outside of goalball, Tyan loves extreme sport and frequently goes skydiving. She also loves travelling and relishes the opportunities she has been given to travel with the Australian women’s goalball team. She lists Bora Bora as her destination of choice although she is yet to go there.
In ten years, she hopes to have competed at another Paralympic Games, have had her own family and to be working as a vision support teacher.