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Introducing Paris Taylor, SprinTec Writer/Contributor – SprinTec Track Club
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Introducing Paris Taylor, SprinTec Writer/Contributor

The Autobiography of Paris Anthony Taylor

Written April 6, 2019

I was born in the quiet sleepy coastal district of Haughton Court [Esher] two miles to the west of the town of Lucea. The 6th child of eight children, seven boys and one girl. I am a very shy, cordial and modest person with a likeable personality. I had a twin brother Paul who died in a motor vehicle accident, the 11th of April 2016, April 11th will mark [3] painstaking years since his departure from this life. He is slightly taller than me I am 5 feet 9 ½ inches and he was five feet 11 inches. He was my best friend who cherished thoughts while growing up of being a doctor. We were born on the 22nd of October 1959. Of the [8] children [7] of us have at least a first degree, so we excelled in academia as well.

In my sophomore year I was awarded MVP in the Inter-house Quiz Competition for the noble house Lushington at Mico University College. I also represented my house in the quiz competitions at high school as well. I honestly did fairly well as an academic but I did not allocate my time well and subsequently did too many sports at Mico University College. I open batted for my house in the inter-house cricket competition and played volleyball for three seasons as well.
I relish a meatless diet, but I only eat chicken and fish in spite of that. I don’t smoke and occasionally consume a little wine. No fast-food for me, please!!

As a teenager, I started exploring the art of writing by reading comics – Marvel and DC and war comics. As such, it has proliferated into writing as a natural progression. I then entered the poetry writing at high school in the 1970s and wrote endless pieces of short stories and essays. I earned second place in the essay competition at Mico College in 1987 and 2nd in the National Essay Competition [JCDC] in 2015. The Lonely Londoners, Animal Farm, House for Mr. Biswas and The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey are titles of some books I have perused. I now read the Jamaican newspapers on a daily basis and write letters to the editor for nearly 27 years.

I was primary school champion in athletics and went on to represent Rusea’s High School in Cricket as an open batsman, Table Tennis and Chess in the 1970s. My twin brother would beat me on occasions over the 100m and in TT as well. I captained Hanover TT team for about five years from the late 1970s to early 1980s. In early 1986 I was leading goal-scorer in the Division 1 league soccer in Hanover. I went to Mico College the same year and as a freshman represented the college in soccer and athletics.

Although plagued with injuries throughout my moments at The Mico, I was awarded the sportsman for my house for three consecutive years. In my first year heavily bandaged I clinched second in the 100m and pulled up in the 200m. I did not do so well later in the year and came down the track in the 100m finals at intercollegiate track and field championships. In my sophomore year I suffered more misfortunes due primarily to injuries, but I captured second place twice in both sprints heavily bandaged at sports day. My knee injury affects me until today.

In the final hurray in 3rd year I captured the sprint double – 100m and the 200m at sports day. I anchored the 4x 100m and the 4x 400m to victory a few years. I was running 10.4 seconds most of the season in training after sports day and won the 100m on sport day in 10.7 seconds earlier. But at Intercollegiate Championships the flu got the better of me. I dismissed Rodney Cox repeatedly in training. Rodney Cox represented his country Turks and Caicos Islands at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. He even ran in the heats with the eventual winner Ben Johnson the drug cheat who was disqualified in shame and banned.

My hopes were dashed when I failed to make the 100m finals in my final year. I represented the college three years in soccer also as a forward. I was awarded the Sportsman of the Year for the college in my senior year at the valedictory ceremony, but it was withdrawn for graduation, because I had failed one subject. The Sportsman of the Year was then given by default to Vassell Reynolds on graduation day.

Precious memories how they linger.