Keith Taylor was the driving force behind the establishment of cross-country running within the province. Not only did he provide the leadership that it required to become established, but he also spent 12 years as its main administrator in addition to filling the important role of coach with great success. Cross country is an established aspect of athletics today because of the dedication and willingness to devote a great deal of time to it by Keith Taylor.
It was at Memorial University, where he was a member of the physical education department, that Keith Taylor began the great work to make cross-country running a permanent and enjoyable aspect of athletics within the province. His determination was a major part of cross-country running becoming a permanent and growing activity, and his willingness to devote exceptional time to all aspects of it were eventually the most important factors in its reaching the high level of involvement that it has today.
Keith Taylor was cross-country running’s main enthusiast and certainly demonstrated the personal willingness to do all that was necessary for it to become the success story that it is today.
He was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, in great part because of his cross country contributions and achievements, in addition to his involvement in volleyball, orienteering, canoeing and cross-country skiing.
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