ABOUT TAYLOR

Since she was 9 years old, Taylor has been like a fish to water, begging her parents to let her join swimming club. Whilst dabbling in other hobbies such as piano, softball, dance and tennis along the way, and despite being talented in these areas (even making it to state level), it was swimming that kept drawing on Taylor's attention and focus.

"I am naturally a competitive person so every sport I tried that I wasn’t good at just meant that I had to try again at something else"

- Taylor McKeown

In 2009 at age 14, Taylor made her first appearance at a national swimming event, the Australian Age Swimming Championships, placing 17th in the only event she qualified for. Nevertheless, she committed and trained harder and stronger until she won Gold in the 100 & 200m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley the following year. It was these results which saw Taylor make her debut at an international meet, going on to represent both Queensland and Australia on junior teams later that year.

Throughout the rest her age group swimming years, Taylor made the Junior Australian team for; 2010 Trans Tasman Tri Series Tour,  2010 QLD Junior Team for the Chinese Youth Championships, 2011 Junior World Championships in Peru, 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii and the 2013 U.S Open in California.

In her first attempt at making an Olympic team, Taylor placed third in the 200m Breaststroke at the 2012 Australian Open Championships (London Olympic qualifying meet), missing out on a place on the Australian Olympic team by a mere 0.3 seconds. Proving her resilience, Taylor continued to focus on her swimming despite this minor set-back.

In 2014 Taylor captured the attention of the Australian public and media when she swam her way into the top 4 FINA World Rankings for the Women's 200m Breaststroke at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane. This swim secured her a place on the 2014 Commonwealth Games Team in Glasgow where she later won Gold in the Women's 200m Breaststroke.

Shortly after returning from Glasgow, Taylor competed at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, where she claimed Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. This was the third time in one year that Taylor had swam in the 2 minutes, 22 seconds range, marking a very impressive year.

In 2015 Taylor qualified for the Australian open team once again, by winning Gold in the 100m breaststroke and Silver in the 200m breaststroke at the Australian Swimming Championships. The team travelled to Kazan, Russia for the FINA World Championships where Taylor tried her best to overcome sickness and asthma complications. She still managed to claimed a Bronze medal as part of the 4x100m medley relay team, however didn't make a final in her individual events.

2016 was Taylor's opportunity to try again for the Olympic Team. Now 21, she was faster, fitter and more experienced than her last attempt in 2012. Winning Gold in the 200m breaststroke and Silver in the 100m breaststroke gained her a spot on the Olympic Team! Taylor achieved a 5th in the 200m breaststroke, 12th in the 100m breaststroke and a Silver Medal in the 4x100m medley relay.

"Winning the 200m breaststroke in Glasgow was the most incredible feeling in the world, it was the best way to welcome myself onto the australian swimming team"

-TAYLOR MCKEOWN  

PROFILE

Date Of Birth: March 17, 1995

Born: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia

Lives: Birtinya, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 65kg

First Club: Australian Crawl

Current Club: USC Spartans

ACHIEVEMENTS

2016

FINA WORLD RANKING
3rd [200m Breaststroke]
16th [100m Breaststroke]
2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games
SILVER [4x100m Medley Relay]
5th [200m breaststroke]
12th [100m breaststroke]
2016 Australian Open Championships
GOLD [200m Breaststroke]
SILVER [100m Breaststroke]

2015

FINA WORLD RANKING
16th [200m Breaststroke]
2015 FINA World Championships
BRONZE [4x100m Medley Relay]
2015 Australian Open Championships
GOLD [100m Breaststroke]
SILVER [200m Breaststroke]

2014

FINA WORLD RANKINGS
4th [200 Breaststroke]
2014 Commonwealth Games
GOLD [200m Breaststroke]
2014 Pan Pacific Championships
BRONZE [200m Breaststroke]
2014 BHP Biliton Aquatic Super Series
GOLD [200m Breaststroke]
2014 Australian Open Championships
GOLD [200m Breaststroke]

2013

FINA WORLD RANKINGS
6th [200m Breaststroke]
2013 US Open
1st [200m Breaststroke]