Benjamin Taylor has been an up-and-coming shooter in Canada since his double bronze medal performance in the individual and team air rifle events at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, just three years after he picked up the sport. A two-time national champion in 2013 and 2014, Taylor competed in his first international events in 2014 when he finished 11th in the 10m air rifle at the Continental American Championships and started two World Cup events in Maribor and Munich. Taylor was named 2013 Male Shooter of the Year by the Shooting Federation of Canada.
Family: Parents David and Tracey Taylor… Younger brother Andrew… Getting into the Sport: Started shooting at age 16… His dad had been in the sport his whole life and competed for Team NL at the 1977 Canada Games in St. John’s… When current Team NL coach Dave Woolridge came looking for athletes to try out for the 2011 Canada Games shooting team in 2008, he suggested to Taylor’s father that his son give it a try… After qualifying for the Games he never looked back… Outside Interests: Graduated from Memorial University with Honours Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences… Enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, relaxing… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Winners never quit, quitters never win”… Has a pair of good luck socks for shooting… Nickname: Ben…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
CAT: 2014 – 11th (10m air rifle)