While watching the Aussie Belles compete at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, Tyan Taylor promised her grandmother that she too would represent Australia in goalball at a future Paralympic Games.

In 2009 her vision support teacher was shown a demonstration goalball match as a way of introducing the sport to schools and it was then that Tyan was given the opportunity to begin working towards the goal that she had set nine years earlier.

Not long after participating at a ‘Goalball for Schools’ gala day, Tyan was selected to represent New South Wales at the National Championships, where she scored the second highest number of goals of any competitor and impressed the Australian coaching staff so much she was invited to train with the women’s national team.

Tyan made her international debut at the 2011 IBSA World Championships and Games in Antalya, Turkey. Scoring her first ever international goal, she …

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Date of birth
23 March 1990
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Ocular albinism and nystagmus
How acquired
Berowra, NSW
Classroom assistant at an early intervention centre
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Marching in the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, knowing she had achieved the goal she had set with her grandmother 12 years earlier

Heroes/role models

Sarah Rose


  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3

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