Christopher Taylor eyes Worlds, eighth-straight Champs title in 2019

By October 11, 2018
 Christopher Taylor, Calabar High School Acting Principal Calvin Rowe, Sam Billich Justice of the Peace, Ontario Court of Justice and Calabar Old Boy Michael McIntosh during their COBA Benefit Dinner and Dance in Toronto, Canada on Saturday night. Taylor was honoured for his outstanding achievements on the track. Christopher Taylor, Calabar High School Acting Principal Calvin Rowe, Sam Billich Justice of the Peace, Ontario Court of Justice and Calabar Old Boy Michael McIntosh during their COBA Benefit Dinner and Dance in Toronto, Canada on Saturday night. Taylor was honoured for his outstanding achievements on the track.

2018 World U20 silver medallist Christopher Taylor has the 2019 IAAF World Championships on his mind even though he has not decided what event he wants to do there.

What he is sure about is that he wants to see Calabar High School win an eighth successive title at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships next March.

The 2015 World U18 400m champion, who turned 19 on October 1, made the revelations during an appearance on World Beats Sports on G98FM in Toronto, Canada on Saturday morning.

The Jamaican high-school track star was in Toronto where was honoured for his outstanding achievements on the track by the Calabar High School Old Boys Association at their Fall Benefit Dinner and Dance that night.

The benefit raises funds for their Adopt a Brother programme which assists students of Calabar High.

Questioned about whether he would be competing at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru and the IAAF World Championships in Qatar, Taylor, who holds Jamaica's national junior 400m record of 44.88s, replied that he was focussed on competing at the World Championships but was undecided about which event he would participate in - the 200 or the 400m.

“I would have to sit with coach (Michael Clarke) and discuss that as the season goes along,” he told hosts Jason Portuondo and Roger Shaw, “and we will see what happens. I can’t just get up and say I am going at that event because the season hasn’t started as yet and anything can happen in the middle of the season.”

He said he also wants to take his high school one title closer to Kingston College’s record of 14 consecutive high school championships that was achieved between 1962 and 1975.

Since Taylor has been at Calabar High, the school has never lost a championship. Last season, Calabar won a seventh consecutive title and Cubby, as he is called, wants to win one more before his high school career comes to an end.

“My main motivation is to help my team to go eight straight,” he said.

He said he was grateful to be singled out for special praise by the COBA.

“It means a lot to me to that they invited me to give me something for the hard work I have been putting in for the past season,” he said.

“So its motivation for me going into next season to put in some more work.”

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