Taylor returning to nationals
Moose Jaw product continues impressive comeback from serious arm injury
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.”