Kathy Tayler

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Kathy Tayler
Born Katherine Mary Tayler
(1960-03-23) 23 March 1960 (age 57)
Occupation Broadcaster
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Allen Olley, m. 5 September 1987
Children 1 daughter, 2 sons
Website blogs.qvcuk.com/kathy_tayler

Kathy Tayler (born 23 March 1960) is a British television presenter and former champion modern pentathlete.


Tayler won the women's modern pentathlon World Cup in 1979 at the age of 19.[1] She was a member of the Great Britain modern pentathlon team that won gold at the World Athletics Championships in 1981 and 1982. She also won a bronze medal in the individual competition at the same event in 1982.[2][3] She retired from competition in 1983 and she gained a BSc Honours degree in physiology at Southampton University.

TV career[edit]

After appearing as a contestant on the TV sports quiz A Question of Sport she was offered and accepted the job of presenter on a sport-themed television programme for children called Stopwatch.

Tayler joined TV-am in 1989 as co-presenter of Good Morning Britain with Mike Morris and Richard Keys. When Jayne Irving stopped presenting the After Nine programme, in the screening slot immediately after Good Morning Britain, Tayler took her place and remained a regular presenter until December 1992.

She presented and reported on BBC's Holiday for 12 years, initially specializing in physically demanding outdoor assignments. After the birth of her first child in 1991, her emphasis changed to family and long haul holidays.

After taking a career break to raise her family she returned to TV as a presenter on shopping channel QVC.

Personal life[edit]

Tayler married photographer Alan Olley in September 1987. The couple have three children.[4]

Sports accomplishments[edit]

  • 1979 Modern Pentathlon Women's World Cup - Winner
  • 1981 Modern Pentathlon World Championships - Women's Team Gold
  • 1982 Modern Pentathlon World Championships - Women's Team Gold, Individual Bronze


  1. ^ "Olympic Review No. 192 October 1983" (PDF). International Union of Modern Pentathlon and Biathlon. 1 October 1983. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "UK Modern Pentathlon Roll of Honour". Modern Pentathlon Association of Great Britain. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Modern Pentathlon Championships". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Tayler, Kathy. "QVC Community". QVC Blog: Kathy Tayler. QVC UK. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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