Thank you to everyone who contributed to my personal development as an athlete and to the development of women’s canoe as a discipline. I would also like to acknowledge and thank the following clubs for their donations and support: the Burloak Canoe Club, Balmy Beach Canoe Club, and Pickering Rouge Canoe Club.

Finally, thank you to Jim Farintosh for all your years of guidance and support-  you were, and always will be, an invaluable coach and friend.

At this time, I have hung up my paddle to focus on completing my law degree at Osgoode Hall. You can still catch me on the water coaching dragon boat, or, on a calm day, taking my C1 out for a spin off the shores of Lake Ontario.

– Taylor, June 2015

 

Allow me to introduce myself, as well as the evolving sport of women’s canoe. I train out of Toronto, and have represented Canada with pride and success on the international level many times.

My debut in sprint canoe came in 2009: my first C1 race at our Canada Games team selection trials. I finished second last, but as a left-side paddler, I made Team Ontario. Those Games gave me the opportunity to paddle and learn from far more more experienced, and motivated me to become a better paddler. Sprint canoe offers the perfect balance of challenge and reward as a sport that requires balance, strength, and technical finesse.

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During my competitive career, women’s canoe was the only of the four disciplines of flatware racing that was not included in the Olympics – and therefore unfunded by Sport Canada. The vast majority of my career was self-funded or paid for out of my own pocket. Donations helped defray the costs of participating in international competition such as World Cups and the Pan Am Championships, as well as other costs associated with training (equipment, camps, and travel) each year.