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Kirsty Taylor

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T44

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport through the UK Sport 'Discover Your Gold' talent identification scheme.
Club / Team
DSW Para Academy: Cardiff, WAL
Name of coach
Morgan Jones [club], GBR; Joe McDonnell [personal]

General interest

Hobbies
Kayaking. (Instagram profile, 13 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 European Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. (britishathletics.org.uk, 28 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was born with talipes [club foot]. (britishathletics.org.uk, 28 Nov 2019)
Other information
SUPPORT
She is part of the British Athletics Paralympic Futures Academy Programme, which identifies athletes with potential to represent Great Britain at future Paralympic Games, world and European championships. "I definitely think without the support of the programme, this year [2019] wouldn't have gone as well for me as it has. All the work they put into you with the workshops and going abroad for competitions better prepares you for the future and you have to take what you learn and try and apply it all to help you through your career. The biggest benefit for me has been the other athletes on the programme. I like the way that it works because there's a range of first, second and third years and everything you do, whether it be anti-doping or nutrition, the other guys have been there. To have athletes in the room that can bring their real-life experience to it is great. The workshops are great and have really benefited my knowledge, but the personal experience makes a big difference." (britishathletics.org.uk, 28 Nov 2019)

CAPTAIN
She was named captain of the British Para athletics team at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. "I'm really pleased to be named team captain, to be able to support all the guys in the team and bring everyone together. We all live in different parts of the country, so it has been great to get to know each other. I've been making sure they are all drinking plenty of water, they are even starting to call me mum now because I have been bothering them all." (britishathletics.org.uk, 31 Jul 2019)