Taylor targets GB tennis squad

Foundation Studies student Taylor Marsland is celebrating being called up to the GB LD tennis Development Squad.

The call-up means Taylor will attend a minimum of four national training camps where he will hope to earn a place in the GB team that competes in the Special Olympics GB Summer Games in Liverpool in 2021.

‘It feels good and I’m surprised. My family are really happy and we went out for a meal on Tuesday. I train with the Tennis Academy in College, and also in Newquay. I find tennis fun and I’m excited to meet new friends. I like to win but I don’t always like travelling a long way to train! If I get through I’ll get a GB top to wear.’

Taylor has earnt his place on the Development Squad after attending a LD GB Squad Selection Day in December. He will now travel to Loughborough University in February for the first of his four training camps, where he will meet up with the Development Squad for the first time and received specialised training from head coach Lesley Whitehead.

In 2019 Taylor won 22 medals in all at various competitions, competing all around the UK; Sunderland, Wrexham, Sheffield, Bromley, Nottingham, Barnstable, Grantham and more. He won two medals in the GB National Special Olympics in Sheffield in 2017; picking up silver in the singles competitions and a bronze for doubles.

Taylor is in his final year at Truro College, but don’t worry. ‘I’ll come back to see everyone if I win,’ he says.