Taylor McKeown's hardest moments, rituals and what's next

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NAME

Taylor McKeown

WHAT DO YOU DO?

Athlete

FAVOURITE BAND?

San Cisco

FAVOURITE SONG?

Don't Delete The Kisses - Wolf Alice

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?

Meg Mac. She is bold, sassy and owns the stage. She is herself when performing and I feel like her songs are very relatable.

IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?

Yes, Ive always wanted to compete at the top level of swimming.

THREE OF YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?

Failing to swim to my expectations at the Olympics, saying goodbye to my grandad Joe and breaking up with my first true love of 4.5 years.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

Keep trying to improve myself from every aspect and see where my perseverance, skills and takes me in life.

 

FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?

Inspect all outcomes, and decide on what will best benefit me, or others whom my decisions may affect.

DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC

Creative, driven, enthusiastic and enjoyable

DO YOU HAVE RITUALS? 

Before every race I go through the same (or similar routine) smile and wave to the crowd or camera, take my jacket off, adjust my block, splash myself and then push down on my race suit and goggles to make sure they are sealed tight.

 

HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?

By being loyal, considering how your actions will affect others and not doing thinks to bring someone else down.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? OR THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN?

Eat as much food as you can while you're young. Because when you're older, you suffer the consequences. Enjoy the time you have in swimming, it cant last forever.

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN ELECTRIC?

Her attitude to life!

HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?

Luckily I've never had a MAJOR resistance, but it can be difficult to get recognition as a female compared to an equal male counterpart.

WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP?

The long hard training sessions, cold winter mornings and disappointment of training for years and years to not even swim a personal best time.
 

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WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?

Strong female musicians and artists. Strong female athletes and successful business women.

DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?

If you love what you do, following your passion is easy.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID?

I was very socially orientated and would always put seeing my friends over going to swim training. Now I put swimming over my friends.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER? 

As a teen I was still very socially orientated, this was the phase where I became good at swimming and started to shift my focus to that, rather than parties, social events and school.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD - WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would love to liberate, free and bring peace to every single animal that man has ever enslaved, harmed and treated unfairly.

Taylor McKeown is competing in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Follow her on Instagram here