Melinda Gains­fordTay­lor

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Three-time Olympian and sprint star Melinda Gains­ford-Tay­lor, 44, has swapped the fast lane for the good life on Sydney’s north­ern beaches. She lives with her hus­band of 25 years, Mark Tay­lor (not the crick­eter!) and chil­dren Ni­cholas, 13 and Gabriella, 11. The world cham­pion sprinter is a sprint coach, men­tor to young ath­letes, pub­lic speaker and athletics com­men­ta­tor. Af­ter los­ing her mother, Jill, to non-Hodgkin lym­phoma last year, Gains­ford-Tay­lor is also an am­bas­sador for can­cer char­ity Can Too. The char­ity pro­vides be­gin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes professional coach­ing as part of a team to run or swim and bike in events and in re­turn, they raise funds for can­cer re­search.

Sport, sport and more sport. In the win­ter, its net­ball for Gabriella at 8.30am and then Ni­cholas plays soc­cer any time from 8.30am to 11.30am, so it’s go-go-go. Mark plays golf and I am usu­ally coach­ing all Satur­day af­ter­noon. I try to get a run in ear­lier in the day if I can. Sport dom­i­nates, that’s for sure.

I’m a pretty tidy per­son, so my bed­side is sim­ple. I usu­ally have wa­ter, night cream — for when I’m feel­ing dili­gent — and a lamp.

I re­ally en­joy do­ing a roast lamb din­ner. Most peo­ple think it’s a big ef­fort, but it’s so not. I chuck the meat and pota­toes in be­fore I go to coach­ing, do car­rots, beans, corn and other veg­gies when I get back, and it’s done. And ev­ery­one loves it.

I am busy coach­ing most nights of the week, so I try to have a night in with the fam­ily at least once a week. My ideal night in would be an easy din­ner, sit­ting down with the kids to watch a movie to­gether, in comfy clothes, snug­gled un­der a rug. Add a glass of Marl­bor­ough sau­vi­gnon blanc and I am the hap­pi­est woman in the world!

They’re not a pos­ses­sion, but I have to say my kids. I just adore them. They’re grow­ing up so quickly, so I am trea­sur­ing time at home with them; just sim­ple things like a night in on the couch to­gether are lovely.


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