Michael Tayler – Canoe/Kayak Slalom
Michael is 24 years old and competes in the Olympic sport of Canoe/Kayak Slalom, a dynamic sport where athletes race down whitewater rapids through a series of slalom gates. Michael began kayaking at the young age of eight through a week long summer camp. Since then, he has gone on to win 5 Junior National Titles, achieve a Bronze Medal from the 2010 Oceania Open, as well as attaining the best ever Men’s Kayak result by a Canadian at the Junior World Championships in 2010.
In April 2012 he won the highly contested battle for Canada’s only Men’s kayak entry in the London Olympic Games by a razor-thin margin of 0.11 seconds. Finishing 20th in his first Games, he demonstrated that Canada has a bright future in the sport of whitewater slalom leading up to the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Outside of his athletic achievements, Michael is in his last year at Carleton University and will graduate with a Combined Honours degree in Law & History. Michael also finds the time to teach kid’s kayaking lessons for his local club, the Ottawa River Runners, and has been a slalom coach for many of the cadet, junior and other young senior athletes.