Beijing 2008 (competing for RSA), London 2012
His close friend and Rollers teammate Jeremy Doyle
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games (competing for RSA), wining silver at London 2012
Like many of his teammates, Nick Taylor competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. But unlike members of the gold medal winning Australian team, he did not win a gold medal, instead playing for his native South Africa.
Having left South Africa and become an Australian citizen, Nick was picked up by Australian Rollers coach Ben Ettridge and put into the Australian wheelchair basketball program.
Nick is a former junior national representative for South Africa and captain of Natal, a South African provincial team. The day before the final of the U19 South African National Championships in 1998, he was involved in a serious car accident in Johannesburg. It left Nick with paraplegia at the age of 18.
Rather than rest on his laurels, Nick has carved out a successful career, both on the basketball court and in the business world. Having studied in Cape Town and abroad in Texas, he attained an honours degree in Business Science. Nick moved to Australia in 2005, basing himself in the Illawarra region while playing for the West Sydney Razorbacks.
Nick warms up for matches by shooting form shots from close range, before practising his free throws. It should come as no surprise then that he has the honour of owning the record for most free throws in a minute at Saxby Stadium in Taree, landing an impressive 19 shots in 60 seconds in 2009.
He got his first start for the Australian national team at the 2009 World Roller Challenge, before being named MVP at the 2010 Frank Ponta Trophy. At his first Paralympic Games in Australian colours, the mid-pointer scored nine points to help win his first Paralympic medal – a silver after the Rollers lost to Canada in the gold medal match.