Michael Taylor is a two-time GBR Paratriathlon National champion and has achieved podium finishes at ITU Paratriathlon World Cups. He is based in Loughborough.
After being given a place on the talent programme following Tri4Tokyo, Michael has become a two-time GBR Paratriathlon National champion (2017, 2018), as well as taking 3rd place at Madeira Paratriathlon World Cup Funchal (2018) and 2nd at Alanya ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (2019).
Michael had friends and family who had competed in triathlons in the past and became particularly interested in the sport whilst recovering from injury in the summer of 2016 after watching the Paralympic Games. Triathlon seemed a natural progression for Michael, being proficient in swim, bike and run separately, he found Tri4Tokyo at Loughborough University in February 2017 and decided to give the sport a try for the first time.
Michael’s first race was at Llanelli, Wales in May 2017. Despite having a tough time on the run, due to only receiving a running blade two days prior to the race and therefore not having truly ran for over two years, Michael crossed the line in 2nd place with a time of 01:08:58.
Born and raised in Barnstaple, North Devon, Michael was often involved in a variety of sport, including water polo, rugby, swimming and surf lifesaving. He also worked as a beach lifeguard for the RNLI before travelling to Cardiff University where he studied physiotherapy from September 2016-2019. During this time, Michael became part of the National Triathlon Performance Centre Wales in Cardiff from 2018-2019 and was coached by Vicky Johnson.
Michael’s first major event came in 2017 at the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships in which he finished in 01:23:54 to beat out Richard McLeod and Finley Jakes to take 1st place.
The following year brought Michael his first opportunity to compete internationally. He travelled to France and competed at Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, finishing 7th, the podium being just over one minute away from Michael’s finish time of 01:15:30.
Michael returned to the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships in 2018 to regain the title before travelling to the Lausanne ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in which he achieved a 5th place finish. Michael completed the year with his first international podium, taking bronze at Madeira Paratriathlon World Cup Funchal.
|6th Oct 2019||2019 Alanya ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||2nd|
|14th Sep 2019||2019 Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships||6th|
|13th Jul 2019||2019 Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||7th|
|16th Jun 2019||2019 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||7th|
|27th May 2019||2019 GBR Paratriathlon National Championships||2nd|
|28th Oct 2018||2018 Madeira Paratriathlon World Cup Funchal||3rd|
|18th Aug 2018||2018 Lausanne ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||5th|
|17th Jun 2018||2018 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||7th|
In 2019, Michael again returned to the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships and again took home a medal. Recording the fastest swim time of the event (00:12:04), Michael finished the race in 2nd place.
The remainder of the year saw Michael compete in several ETU and ITU events. He took 6th place at Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships in September and achieved two 7th place finishes at both Besancon and Magog ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.
In October 2019, Michael recorded his best international result yet, crossing the line in 2nd place at Alanya ITU Paratriathlon World Cup. Michael started the race strong, leaving the first transition ahead of his competition. He finished the race just 14 seconds behind Mikhail Kolmakov (RUS) to end his year with a silver medal.