The University Of Victoria Vikes cross country and track head coach Brent Fougner is pleased to announce the addition of Youth Commonwealth Games medallist Vaughn Taylor for the 2018-19 season.
“We are very excited to signed Vaughn as a Vike,” said Fougner. “He will have an immediate impact on our indoor team. Over the next few years, as he transitions to the 800-metre, I am confident that he will develop into one of Canada’s top prospects on the International stage,”
The 17-year old Taylor already has some experience with international competition in his young career, having competed at 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas.
In the Bahamas, Taylor captured a silver medal in the 400-metre race, helping the U-18 Canadian Athletics team to a third-place finish in the medal table, behind only Australia and England.
“I am a firm believer in being a part of a team,” said Taylor. “Helping to mentor, support and motivate other team members to reach their full potential is important to me. It is my pleasure to be a member of the Vikes.”
Intending to major in Business, Taylor lists his specialty races as the 200-, 400-, 600- and 800-metre distances, which matches well with a Vikes program that has historically dominated the middle-distance races at both the Canada West and U SPORTS level.
Originally from Jamaica, Taylor has thrived with Excel Athletika since moving to Regina, Sask. He has set records at the Legions National Youth Championship in the 300- and 800-metre races and last year made it all the way to the Regional Finals in the Canadian Olympic RBC Training Ground competition.
Taylor appears poised to step into the world of Canada West track and compete right away. His personal best time of 1:22.75 in the 600-metre race would have been good enough for him to finish 16th at the 2018 Conference Championships.
Feeling the pull of the track from an early age, Taylor first began competing at just three years old and from there has seen his career blossom. Now a member of Athletics Canada NextGen Program, Taylor will spend his time in Victoria with both the Vikes and Athletics Canada’s West Training Centre.
“We look forward to working with Athletics Canada’s West hub coaching staff in developing this talented young man,” said Fougner.
Full Name: Vaughn O’Neil Taylor
Events / Specialty Races: 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m
Intended major / program at UVic: Business
High School: Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School
Home Town: Regina, Saskatchewan
Previous Teams competed for:
2017: Canadian Youth National Team
2015-2016: Saskatchewan Provincial Team
2017: 400-m Youth Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (47.92)
2017: 300-m Legions National Youth Championship Record (35.41)
2014: 800-m Legions National Youth Championship Record (1:57.37)
2018: Regional Finals RBC Training Ground
2011 & 12: British Columbia Junior Development Athletics Association
2014,17 &18: Bob Adams Award Winner
2015-16: Midget Boy Aggregate Winner
2016: Outstanding Athlete Legions Track and Field
2015: Boeing Classic Record Setter
2015-16: Royal Gold Achievement Award
2012: South Fraser Track and Field Junior Olympics Outstanding Male