Episode 38 — Melinda Gainsford-Taylor

Photo courtesy of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor: www.melgt.com.au

It’s not the end of the world when things don’t go to plan.

A promising young sprinter from Narromine in Central West NSW, Melinda Gainsford KEPT TRYING through adversity and setbacks, going on to win a World Indoor Championship over 200 metres, become a three-time Olympian, and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to athletics as a sprinter, at the national and international level, and as a role model for young athletes.

This story takes you from Melinda’s early days training on the farm, to the biggest stage in world sport. It includes her reflection on being the fastest 14-year-old in the world over 100 metres to being sidelined from the sport with injury for two years! And how she got back on the blocks with the support of her much-loved coach of 23 years, Jackie Byrnes, who discovered Mel when she was just nine years old.

When we’re in the thick of sports parenting, we sometimes forget to enjoy the experience alongside our kids — with Mel cherishing the life-long memories her sporting career created for her WHOLE family. She’s currently a sports parent and coach herself, making more memories with her children and athletes.

Just a note: We recorded this episode prior to the passing of rugby league immortal and legend Bob Fulton. Melinda is a HUGE Manly fan. Listen out for a little tribute to him and other Sea Eagle greats.



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