Tay­lor re­turn­ing to na­tion­als

Moose Jaw prod­uct con­tin­ues im­pres­sive come­back from se­ri­ous arm in­jury

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - NEWS - RANDY PALMER

game ev­ery time out.

“Any time I play Nick it’s al­ways a bat­tle,” Tay­lor said. “From the time when I was younger un­til now, it’s al­ways been a bat­tle, so to play him in the fi­nal was re­ally, re­ally nice. And the other two guys in the draw also played ex­tremely well in the tour­na­ment.

There’s never an easy game when you’re play­ing in Saskatchewan.”

The in­ter­est­ing thing about Tay­lor’s suc­cess over the last half-decade is that it’s come af­ter doc­tors said he would never play the sport again — a car ac­ci­dent in 2010 caused se­vere nerve and mus­cle dam­age to his left fore­arm, po­ten­tially end­ing his lawn bowl­ing ca­reer and beyond.

“I was re­ally dev­as­tated when they said you’d never play again,” Tay­lor said.

“Peo­ple said ‘play with your right hand’, but I’m a proud lefty and wanted to say that way. So it’s been a bat­tle back, with four years of physio and miss­ing lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to play in tour­na­ments to get to where I am now. It’s pretty nice.”

Since the ac­ci­dent, Tay­lor won the mixed pairs pro­vin­cial ti­tle in 2011 and out­door sin­gles in 2016 to go along with this year’s ti­tle.

“(The ac­ci­dent) kind of re­vamped my game, I don’t play a lot of heavy shots like I used to,” Tay­lor said in ex­plain­ing his run of suc­cess. “So I had to change my game a lit­tle bit and al­ter a few things and I think it’s made me a bet­ter player.”

The next goal is a big one — medal at a na­tional cham­pi­onship.

His next shot will fea­ture per­fect con­di­tions to play in, as in­door na­tion­als will take place at the Pa­cific In­door Bowls Club from Oct. 20-Nov. 4.

“There are a lot of play­ers there who get to play on that ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face all the time, so I’ll try and give them as good of games as I can and I’d like to be in medal con­tention when the medal rounds start,” Tay­lor said.

“I be­lieve ev­ery time I go into a tour­na­ment I want to be in that medal round and I think I take that men­tal­ity now with the con­fi­dence and abil­ity. So now it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting ev­ery­thing done.”

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