Cory Taylor






2020/2021 SERIES




Name: Cory Taylor (CT)
Competitive club: BMD Northcliffe SLSC
Original Club: Midway SLSC
Best round of 2020/21: Round 4 - 3rd
Best series finish: 4th in 2018/19 Iron Series
Aussie Titles Results: 2019 Taplin Relay - 1st, 2019 Board Relay - 2nd, 2018 Board Relay - 1st


Originally from Gisborne in New Zealand, Cory Taylor now resides on the Gold Coast and competes professionally in surf sports for BMD Northcliffe SLSC. Taylor started his journey through surf lifesaving at Midway SLSC and, in his early days, had the opportunity to train under legendary Kiwi IronMan Cory Hutchings, a role model that would inspire Taylor to become a Nutri-Grain IronMan. Outside of IronMan competition, Taylor is an avid investor, and likes to keep a keen eye on the stock market.

Cory, how old were you when you started surf lifesaving and why?

Was a young fella when it all began. My Dad did surf lifesaving and is a past world champion so he naturally guided us to the beach. Being from a small community which revolves around the ocean it was just a good option to increase my confidence in the water as well.

Who was your hero growing up in surf lifesaving?

Cory Hutchings. Being from New Zealand, I have looked up to him my whole career. We grew up in the same small town and his achievement always inspired me.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

To listen to your body while training. It’s easy to get carried away during training especially in our sport when we train so much and I was definitely guilty of it growing up but now have a greater appreciation for the phrase, “train smarter not harder” to achieve the best results.

Your advice for aspiring Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain athletes?

To just enjoy themselves, surf lifesaving is an awesome sport which can have such longevity in one’s life so getting caught up in racing and results as a young competitor can deter you away from the sport. Go away with your mates, enjoy racing and have fun and your results will follow. People usually see more success when they are enjoying something.

Cory, what has been a high and a low in your IronSeries career?

Highlight of professional series so far is just being able to travel to awesome beaches around Australia doing what you love at the highest level, and winning at Surfers Paradise the last two years is pretty cool too.

As for a lowlight… I don’t see sport like that. It’s a privilege to get to stay fit and healthy enjoying something you love and if you take learning from instances that may not have gone your way you can never have a dull moment.

What do you think about during a race?

Usually I’m thinking about current positioning and what my next move will be, or if I’m away with the fairies, I would be thinking about what my next meal will be.

Do you have any pets?

No pets but would love a dog someday!

How do you relax away from competition?

I like to keep up with my favourite YouTube Channels and Twitch streamers, or diving deep into the stock market trying to find a new company to invest In.