Taylor Doyle set her heart on competing at a Paralympic Games when both her parents carried the torch at Sydney 2000 after nominating one another to be a part of the formalities.

Born with an intellectual impairment, Taylor made her international debut at the Special Olympic Games in Athens in 2011, where she won gold in the 4x100m relay and bronze in long jump. She says that winning gold in Athens fuelled her training in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Taylor competed in the long jump final at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, France, ultimately placing ninth. Although she admits she was hoping to achieve a better result, she relished the opportunity to compete against other world-class athletes.

When Taylor was 21, she underwent surgery intended to stop her epileptic seizures. Although the operation was successful, she acquired a brain injury affecting her mobility and …

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Date of birth
19 December 1992
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Surgery for epileptic seizures
Oakville, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France

Greatest sporting moments

Setting a new personal best to win gold in long jump at the 2015 Australian Athletics Championships in Brisbane

Heroes/role models

Sally Pearson


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long Jump Classification: T38

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