Anna Taylor Headed to Paralympics
CORVALLIS – Former Oregon State rower Anna Taylor will compete as a cyclist at the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Taylor is representing New Zealand in the event, which will begin on Aug. 24.
Taylor first came into Para cycling through a PNZ talent identification camp in January 2018 after an injury in 2016. She went on to make her international debut at the 2019 UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships. Taylor was then selected to the high performance Para cycling squad after success at various World Cup events. Taylor has Cauda equina (a partial loss of power).
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Taylor competed from the Beavers from 2010-15. She was a three-time CRCA West Regional Team honoree, as well as an All-American in the 2013-14 campaign. Taylor rowed in the Varsity 8 in three Pac-12 Championships, and earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors four times.
Taylor redshirted her freshman season following a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. She beat the disease to continue competing for the Beavers, returning to compete four more seasons.
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