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YEAR AWARDED

2016

Tayla’s surfing career began at age 12 in 2009 on the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia. After winning several U16, U18 and Open State Tiles before the age of 15, Tayla quickly realised her desire to become a professional surfer.

In 2014, Tayla became the first South Australian female to win an Australian Junior Title when she became the U18 Australian Junior Champion.

Tayla captained the Australian Junior Team in 2015 at the ISA World Junior Surfing Games in California, where they won the bronze.

In 2015, Tayla was awarded a Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) Scholarship & Mentoring Program (for 2016) and paired with Layne Beachley as her Mentor.

Shortly after being awarded the SAHOF Scholarship in October 2015, Tayla was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Mentor Layne Beachley having overcome chronic fatigue herself mentored Tayla through this challenge. The mentorship with Layne was an integral part of Tayla’s recovery and her return to the World Qualifying Series in 2017.

The SAHOF Scholarship supported her in World Qualifying Series events in South Africa over a period of 3 months where she had multiple podium finishes. Tayla is extremely grateful to SAHOF for the opportunities and support that the SAHOF scholarship and Mentoring Program provided her.

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Last updated 23/07/2020

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