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A change of focus for Taylor

Channel’s contributing writer, Olympian Melissa Ingram, takes a look at the present day lives of North Shore personalities who have found public recognition through their endeavours, Melissa asks… Where are they now?

Erin Taylor is an impressive woman. In 2008 she became the first New Zealand woman to compete in the Olympic kayak team in Beijing, she runs her own business, and she has recently been accepted into medical school next year. At the London Olympics last year Erin became a dual Olympian, competing in the K2 500m with Lisa Carrington. The pair became the first Kiwi women to qualify for an Olympic kayaking final, finishing seventh, just 2.2 seconds outside the top three.

Like many athletes Erin took a long break from kayaking after the Olympics to contemplate her future.

“I took a year out from kayaking to focus on applying for medical school. During this time I went back to university and studied a postgraduate diploma in Human Nutrition to further my nutrition knowledge, help with my nutrition business, and help with my ultimate goal of getting a place in medical school in 2014,” said Erin.
This multi-talented woman has been accepted into medical school and will be moving to Dunedin in February to begin studying.
“It’s a 5 year degree so I guess my next 5 years are pretty well taken care of! I hope long-term to combine my nutrition knowledge with a sound medical understanding to increase my ability to help people improve their health.”
Erin has been helping people to better their nutrition for the last 3 years. She and a friend started up ‘Taylor Made Nutrition’ in 2010 after graduating from university.
“We work closely with many different clients with differing nutrition requirements, with the aim of helping them towards achieving their nutrition and health goals. We design individualised nutrition plans and emphasize the importance of exercise in unison with good nutrition,” she explained.
Her outstanding sporting career has taught her lifelong lessons that will hold her in good stead as she enters this new phase of her life.
“I have learnt the value of perseverance and really committing 100% towards achieving something. Sport has taught me that with the right attitude and enough passion, I can go after my goals and give myself the best chance of achieving them. I have also learnt the value of having a high level of physical fitness, which I believe allows me to fit more things into everyday life and operate at a high level on a daily basis.”
Erin is a true North Shore girl. She attended Carmel College where she was unsurprisingly named Sports Girl of the Year, she was a North Harbour Netball representative, and up until a year ago Lake Pupuke was her
second home.
“The North Shore is an awesome place to live. I think it has a slightly more relaxed pace of life than the city and I have met a lot of great people within the North Shore community. Also, the proximity to beaches, running trails, and the great cafe culture makes it a pretty great location to live!”

by Melissa Ingram