Taylor, a 17-year-old Level 3 student at Corner Brook High, is the only player from western Newfoundland to earn a spot on the Newfoundland and Labrador male volleyball team competing in the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
“There’s not a more committed athlete in our program. His work ethic is second to none,” coach Brian Bennett said of Taylor’s selection to the team.
Bennett, a Stoneville native who now calls Conception Bay South home, believes Taylor is in a league of his own when it comes to sheer athleticism and consistently works hard on and off the floor in an effort to consistently do what the coaching staff asks of him.
Taylor’s presence means a lot to the team and that’s reflected in coach Bennett’s decision to name the multi-sport athlete the team’s captain for the Games.
“He’s a natural leader,” he said. “He’s outspoken in the right moment, and his work ethic and his coachability just puts him at the front of the pack. He’s a joy to coach.”
Taylor, a 17-year-old multisport athlete who will pursue a kinesiology degree at Memorial in September, is anxious to represent his province because making the team was high on his priority list for a number of years and he really wanted to be one of the guys given a chance to show what he got on a bigger stage.
“I worked so hard and trained so hard to get to where I am now, so when I go on the court I just want to show my training and my commitment,” Taylor said. “To represent my province it means a lot to me. It shows you are one of the best in the province and I want to do good for our province.”