|Nickname(s)||The Bray Bomber|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
2 June 1986 |
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Katie Taylor (born 2 June 1986) is an Irish athlete who specialises in boxing. Boxing and training with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, she is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic Champion in the 60 kg division. Hugely popular in Ireland, she is credited with raising the profile of women's boxing at home and abroad. She has represented the Republic of Ireland in association football, and also played Gaelic football. Regarded as the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation, she wore the flag for Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, later boxing her way to an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division. Taylor was named Sportsperson of the Year at the 2012 People of the Year Awards in September 2012.
Taylor studied from 1999 until 2005 at St. Kilian's Community School in Bray, County Wicklow. Her two older brothers, Peter and Lee, and older sister, Sarah, also attended St. Kilian's. Taylor still lives in Bray. She is a born again Christian and attends St. Mark's Church on Pearse Street, Dublin.. She is the youngest in her family. Her mother's name is Bridget and her father's name is Peter.
Taylor started boxing (coached by her father Peter himself a successful amateur boxer) in 1998, aged 12.
Her first noteworthy success was at the 2005 European Amateur Championships, in Tønsberg, Norway. She won the gold medal, defeating Eva Wahlström of Finland in the final of the 60 kg lightweight class. Later that year, at the World Amateur Championships in Podolsk, Russia, Taylor advanced to the quarter-finals in the 60 kg weight class.
At the 2006 European Amateur Championships in Warsaw, Poland, Taylor won her second successive gold medal by stopping reigning world champion Tatiana Chalaya of Russia, also collecting the tournament's Best Boxer award. At that year's World Amateur Championships, contested in New Delhi, India, Taylor became Ireland's first World Champion, defeating Chalaya again in the semi-final and then Annabella Farias of Argentina in the 60 kg final.
In 2007, she won her third successive European Championship title in Denmark. In August 2008, she claimed her second consecutive Witch Cup gold medal in Hungary, following an inside-the-distance win in the 60 kg final against Wahlström.
2008 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship 
Taylor went on to claim her second World title at the 2008 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, contested in November at Ningbo, China. In the 60 kg weight class, she defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match which was her 100th bout.
2009 defeat of Pan-American champion 
On 21 March 2009 at The Dublin O2, Taylor won a 27–3 win over three-time Pan-American champion Caroline Barry of the United States on the undercard of a pro WBA super bantamweight world title fight between Bernard Dunne of Ireland and Ricardo Cordoba of Panama. Speaking after the fight, Taylor, who had stopped Barry in the final of the 2006 World Championships in New Delhi, said she was stunned by the welcome she received from Irish boxing fans. She said: "I couldn't believe the reception I got – it was an amazing experience for me. I knew it was going to be a tough fight and well done to her for never backing off."
2009 Russian Multi-Nations 
Taylor won gold at the Russian Multi-Nations event at the Sports Palace in St Petersburg in July 2009 chalking up her 39th consecutive victory – and her 60th win in her last 61 bouts. She also went on to win her fourth successive European Championship title in September 2009 in Ukraine without conceding a point. She picked up another gold medal at the 2010 European Union Championships in Hungary
2010 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship 
On 18 September 2010, Taylor went on to claim her third successive World title at the 2010 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, in Barbados. In the 60 kg weight class, she again defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match. This was Taylor's 100th career win.
2011 EU Women Boxing Championships 
2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship 
On 19 May 2012, Taylor won her fourth successive World title at the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, in Qinhuangdao China. In the 60 kg weight class, she defeated Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava.
2012 Summer Olympics 
Taylor qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women's boxing had been considered for inclusion. Crowds gathered on the streets of her hometown Bray to watch her progress on giant screens erected especially for the occasion. Coddle released a single called "Katie Taylor Ireland's Boxing Legend".
Taylor's first appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics came on 6 August, after a first round bye. She achieved an impressive 26-15 victory (R1: 5-2. R2: 5-5, R3: 9-4, R4: 7-4) over Great Britain's Natasha Jonas, booking her place in the semi final and guaranteeing her, at least, an Olympic bronze medal. Fans of Taylor produced record noise levels at the Olympics.
In the semi-final on 8 August 2012, she proved far too good for Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva and won in a 17-9 victory (R1: 3-1, R2: 4-2, R3: 6-3, R4: 4-3), booking her place in the final and guaranteeing her, at least, an Olympic silver medal.
Taylor defeated Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the final bout by 10-8 (R1: 2-2; R2: 1-2; R3: 4-1; R4: 3-3) on 9 August 2012, winning an Olympic gold medal, and becoming the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion.
On her return to Dublin with the rest of the Olympic squad she got into the cockpit of the plane and leaned out the window waving an Irish flag.
Association football 
|Full name||Katie Taylor|
|Date of birth||2 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Bray, Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Forward|
|St James's Gate|
|2006–2009||Republic of Ireland||19||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
As well as boxing, Taylor has been interested in association football since she was a little girl. She scored on her debut at under–9 level. She played on the Saint Feargals team that won the under–11 league and cup double. Taylor was also a member of the Wicklow and District Schoolboys League (WDSL) county team that were runners-up in the 1999 under–12 Euro-Tab Inter-League competition. Taylor scored the winner in the Shield decider for Newtown against Greystones United in extra time at Finn Park in Kilcoole that same season. In 2000 she became the first girl to play at the SFAI under–13 Kennedy Cup in Limerick and was later crowned WDSL player of the year. She also played international underage football for Ireland at under–17 and under–19 levels.
Taylor graduated to the Ireland women's senior football team, making her debut against Switzerland at Richmond Park in April 2006. Noel King continued to select Taylor and she scored in the opening UEFA 2009 qualifying round win over Hungary on 1 April 2007. She scored again and was sent off in a 4–1 loss in Italy on 16 February 2008. In September 2009 she came on as sub for Ireland against Kazakhstan, days after winning the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Ukraine.
At club level Taylor played in the Dublin Women's Soccer League (DWSL) for Lourdes Celtic and St James's Gate. She then signed for Peamount United but stepped back from football to concentrate on boxing after competing in the 2010 FAI Women's Cup final, in which Peamount beat Salthill Devon 4–2 at Tolka Park.
After winning her Olympic gold medal in 2012, there was speculation that Taylor would quit boxing in order to return to football. When Taylor was linked with English FA WSL champions Arsenal, her father Pete reported that several football clubs were interested in securing her playing services.
Gaelic football 
Taylor also played Gaelic football with her local GAA club Fergal Óg of Bray and, on a few brief occasions, with Bray Emmets Under-14.
As for her preferred sport, "I love playing for Ireland, and I love football, but when it comes down to it I would choose boxing as my number one sport as I'd miss it too much if I wasn't involved."
In 2002, at the age of 15, she appeared on RTÉ's Sport Stream and discussed her dream of one day appearing at the Olympics.
She was a coach on RTÉ's Charity Lords of the Ring in 2009.
Taylor's "illustrated memoir", with which she was helped by The Irish Times sports-writer, Johnny Watterson and titled My Olympic Dream, is to be published by Simon & Schuster for the 2012 Christmas market. It won the 2012 Irish Book Award in the "Irish Sports Book" category.
Awards and honours 
See also 
- "Katie Taylor". London 2012. London: The Telegraph.
- "Katie carries flag and all our hopes". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 25 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
- "Ireland's Katie Taylor claims women's boxing gold". The Times of India. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Heroes at national and community levels honoured in emotional ceremony". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Katie Taylor and other Olympians speak openly of their faith". Ci News. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism".
- O'Neill, Bernard (30 November 2008). "Unstoppable Taylor in a class of her own". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 30 November 2008.
- "Taylor's gold maintains amazing run". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 7 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "Taylor due home after latest European success". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 21 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "Katie Taylor wins World Boxing Championships". RTÉ Sport (RTÉ). 18 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
- O'Neill, Michael (4 June 2011). "Golden girl Taylor claims fourth European Union title". Sports News Ireland. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- O'Neill, Bernard (19 May 2012). "Boxer Katie Taylor wins in China to be Champion of the World". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Boxer Katie Taylor draws the crowds". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Boxing star gives Coddle's single a huge thumbs-up". Bray People. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- Hogan, Vincent (6 August 2012). "Magic Katie Taylor cruises into Olympic semi-final". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "Katie Taylor guaranteed Olympic medal after win". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- Hand, Lise (7 August 2012). "Fans set Olympic noise record for Katie the Great". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- Hogan, Vincent (8 August 2012). "Katie Taylor secures silver and a chance of Olympic Gold". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Cian O'Connor wins Olympic bronze in showjumping, Katie Taylor seals place in final". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Katie Taylor wins Olympic gold medal". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Poster girl Taylor eases into final". The Times of India. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "Irish Olympic team arrives at Dublin Airport". RTÉ News (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 13 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
- Dowling, Paul (8 August 2012). "Million dollar Katie was youth soccer star". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Murphy, Ronan (8 August 2012). "Ireland international Katie Taylor through to Olympic boxing final". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "UEFA women's football".
- "Ireland leave it late to defeat Kazakhstan". Football Association of Ireland (FAI). 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009.
- Hilliard, Mark (10 August 2012). "She could have been a star in any sport she chose". Independent.ie. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Hogan, Vincent (9 August 2012). "Arsenal gunning for Taylor signature". Independent.ie. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Murphy, Ronan (9 August 2012). "Ireland international Katie Taylor wins Olympic Gold Medal". Goal.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Good Luck Katie Taylor!". RTÉ Archives. 3 August 2012.
- "Katie Taylor's memoir out before Christmas". RTÉ Ten (RTÉ). 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
- Rosita Boland (November 23, 2012). "Banville wins novel of year at awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "Taylor World female boxer of year". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). 3 November 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
|RTÉ Sports Person of the Year
|Flagbearer for Ireland