TAYLOR Ryan < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 02 Mar 1980 in Palmerston North, NZL
Height1.75 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Daughter Skye Taylor.
Residence Levin, NZL
Occupation Tradesperson
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried shooting in 1991 and began competing in 1997.
Why this sport? His father was a competitive shooter at elite level, and after following him to the local club one day he decided to take it up as well.
Handedness Right eye, right hand
General Interest
Hobbies Cricket, golf, tennis. (ISSF, 2013)
Hero / Idol US shooter Matthew Emmons. (sportmanawatu.org.nz, 12 Sep 2011)
Injuries In 2016 he broke a finger on his left hand while playing cricket for Levin Old Boys Cricket Club in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 09 Mar 2016)
Other sports He has played representative cricket for Horowhenua-Kapiti in New Zealand. (sportmanawatu.org.nz, 12 Sep 2011)
Famous relatives His father Grant Taylor competed in shooting at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia alongside Ryan. (sportmanawatu.org.nz, 2009; radio.nz 23 Jul 2012)
Other information TIME OFF AHEAD OF RIO
After breaking a finger on his left hand while playing cricket in early 2016, he decided to take a break from competition in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "[The injury] has actually helped out by making me have a break. I'd pretty much shot for two years straight and didn't have a break at all. Even when I went to the [Olympic] qualifiers in December [2015] at the Oceania Championship, I was just burning out." (stuff.co.nz, 09 Mar 2016)

LONDON APPEAL
For the 2012 Olympic Games in London, New Zealand's sole quota place for shooting was initially awarded to trap shooter Natalie Rooney after the New Zealand Olympic Committee [NZOC] decided Taylor had not met the selection criteria. He successfully appealed the decision after it was revealed that the NZOC had received incomplete results information, and that his recent performances were enough to meet the selection criteria. His place on New Zealand's 2012 Olympic team was finally confirmed three weeks before the Games, where he finished 25th. "The [2012] Olympic Games were a nightmare. I had been so stressed leading up to them that I couldn't really enjoy them. If what happened last time happened again [in 2016] I just wouldn't bother." (sportstribunal.org.nz, 20 Jul 2012; stuff.co.nz, 12 Jul 2012, 07 Jul 2012; nzherald.co.nz; 23 Jun 2013; stuff.co.nz, 09 Mar 2016)

FATHER-SON SHOOT OFF
He has found himself competing against his father Grant at international events, including a shoot-off at the Oceania Regional Championships in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, in which his father prevailed to take the gold medal. In 2006, father and son competed together at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (m2006.thecgf.com, 01 Mar 2006)