Centenary Guest Speaker


Born in Timaru, Dick Tayler is best known for his triumph in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, where he won gold.


Dick is also a keen rugby man and is the former President of the Canterbury Rugby Supporters Club. He holds a very high profile in the Canterbury province.

Dick has had an interesting working career - farming, harness racing, working for DB Breweries and a sales role in the gaming industry.

He has also had his share of highs and lows through his life, from being ranked number one in the world for 10,000m in 1974, to becoming bed ridden with Arthritis 12 months later.

In June 2017 Tayler suffered a heart attack on his way to the unveiling of a statue to All Blacks great Colin Meads in Te Kuiti. He has shown great resolve to fight back from the lows.

In 1990 Richard Taylor was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

In the 2014 New Year Honours, Tayler was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to athletics.

Dick has held various New Zealand titles and represented his country at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, the 1972 Munich Olympic Summer games and of course the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games where inspired by his legendary coach Arthur Lydiard, he won gold and was ranked number one in the world for 10,000m. In the same year, he was voted Sportsman of the Year.

In the early 2000s a national newspaper ran a readers' poll seeking the most memorable television moment in New Zealand sports history. Dick Tayler's 10,000m victory at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games was an overwhelming winner.

Dick comes as a highly regarded individual and entertaining guest speaker so we are in for a treat on the clubs special weekend.


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