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Jim Taylor – a personal profile
Jim Taylor is a relative newcomer to orienteering who has already made a significant impact on the orienteering scene. Jim is very fit and he is achieving great results at StreetO, and competes regularly and competitively at MTBO and bush events. Jim is also a willing helper and has already organised some Street’O events. He is a great bloke to have a chat to at events.
When did you begin orienteering and what got you started?
2006. I liked maps and running so I thought I’d give StreetO a go.
What is the enjoyable map you have run on? What made it a good experience?
The Darebin Parklands map which is in colour and has lots of detail. It was a step up from StreetO (as far as orienteering goes) and was a good learning introduction for BushO.
Do you have a good tip for beginners?
Carry a small compass in your sock for your first few StreetO events (especially at night or when parklands are involved). But don’t tell anyone.
What other activities do you get up to that you would like to share with us?
For the last few years I’ve competed in the Shepparton Half Ironman triathlon. I watch my wife and daughter play hockey and my younger daughter play wheelchair soccer.
Do you have a personal goal in orienteering?
May be to be ranked in top 20 in StreetO But mainly to just enjoy and learn with each event whether it be StreetO, BushO, MTBO.
Briefly describe your occupation.
Team Leader with an Asset Management Company
Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far.
Answering the next question correctly
If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress?
Just like my wife Lynn.
What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?
Harrison Ford (but thirty years ago); Go figure.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever swallowed?
My pride when I ran off the map in one of my first StreetO events.
What dead person would you least want to be haunted by?
You can choose your method of dying and the place in which you will die. Where would you like to die and how?
Heart failure in bed while sleeping.
You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of?
If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?
If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?
If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
Melbourne’s last premiership in 1964
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, would you do so? Maybe. Whom would you pick?
My wife. To get her point of view.
If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
Xray eyes so I could see through all those leafy things (trees) which always seem to get in the way at BushO events.
What was the most recent movie that made you cry?
A Shirley Temple movie on TV in 1958 (my four sisters have never let me forget it!).
If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?
I always like my current age.
If you could plan a trip anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
Mountain biking in the Kimberley’s