- Three time Olympian Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. Commonwealth Games and World Championship Medallist
- Current Australian Record Holder 200 meters. Australian Record Holder 100 meters (1994-2014). Won 11 Australian Track and Field National Titles in the 100 and 200 meters
- World Indoor Champion 200 meters
- Named Sports Personality of the Year by the readers of the Daily Telegraph in 2000
- Track and field commentator for the TV host broadcaster for London Olympics, Glasgow and Delhi Commonwealth Games
- Regular guest panellist on SportsNight (Sky News) and Wide World of Sports
- Overcoming Adversity
- Interactive Running Skills Workshop
I can only speak highly of Melinda Gainsford-Taylor as a person, a speaker and as a workshop presenter. She is entirely professional, but natural and grounded in her approach, especially with the people with whom she interacts in the course of an event. Melinda was an absolute ‘hit’ at our recent Small School’s Conference – her knowledge, content, skills, personality and general approach were outstanding!
Curriculum K-6 Consultant
Best Start, New England Region
Melinda has a remarkable ability to command a room with her story of hard work and sheer determination to become a champion in her chosen field and a much-loved media personality. She makes you feel like you were there with her through all the highlights and disappointments – a true champion in her career and spirit
Just Better Care
Please pass on our thanks to Melinda for coming to visit us today. She was fantastic and the feedback that I have had from the girls has been overwhelming. She really was an inspiration to all of them. Thank you again
Supervisor of Girls
I just wanted to touch base and say a huge thank you for all your help organising Mel for today. To say she was a delight would be an understatement. She was brilliant and it was an absolute pleasure working with her and having her on board for School Spectacular
NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA
Athletics NSW engaged Melinda to MC our Annual Awards Dinner in 2013 and again in 2014. Melinda was a pleasure to work with and made everyone feel at ease from elite senior and junior athletes through to our much-valued officials and volunteers. Melinda’s genuine passion for the sport of athletics and the in-depth insight she is able to share as a highly respected sports commentator and former champion athlete, helped make our events very memorable for all those in attendance. Thanks again Melinda!
Melinda Gainsford-Taylor has a fantastic way with the kids she is extremely professional and tailored her message to specific age groups. Having someone of her ilk involved in the academy programme elevates the level of coaching and overall professionalism of the Sydney Swans Academy. Thank you Melinda
Talent Identification and Operations Manager
Sydney Swans Academy
Device Technologies had the pleasure of having Mel Gainsford Taylor address our staff at our annual Ladies Day. Mel delivered a motivational presentation that was sincere, heart-warming and inspirational. She did a fantastic job of sharing her personal story of triumph over adversity, her commitment to continuous and never ending improvement and how the lessons learnt as an elite athlete can be transferred into both the workplace and our personal lives to help cope with the constant pressure and change we face... Thanks Mel, we all felt positively moved by your speech
The messages were brilliant and so important for our community to hear. She was so warm, funny and accessible, the girls are buzzing and inspired. Gosh even I am – and I am hopeless at all sport!
Head of Marketing and Community Relations