Gold Medal Paralympian to Speak at KWU

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Taylor and Wagner

Nick Taylor, a life-long quadriplegic and three-time Olympic gold medalist in wheelchair tennis doubles (including the 2012 Paralympics in London) will speak as part of the Wesleyan Challenge at Muir Gymnasium on Wednesday, October 24.

Taylor, a native of Wichita, was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital disease that restricts muscular development and affects joints in the body. Despite the setback, he was able to compete on his high school tennis team. After a wheelchair tennis clinic was offered in his hometown, Taylor realized his dream of playing in the Olympics. Taylor and his partner, David Wagner, have been the only team to win gold in the event since its inception in 2004.

Taylor is currently an assistant tennis coach at Wichita State University, where he earned his master’s degree in sports administration in 2007. He will speak at KWU from 1:10pm-3pm (including a demonstration on the KWU tennis courts), and then will offer a wheelchair tennis exhibition at Genesis health Club from 6:30-7:30pm. For more information, please contact Gerald Gillespie at or Thiago Santos at Both events are open to the public.