June 17, 2010
SEATTLE - Simon Taylor was named to the Pac-10 Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year list this week, an honor that rewards outstanding student-athletes who succeed both academically and in their sport.
A native of Hamilton, New Zealand, Taylor is a senior on the men's crew team. He recently led the second varsity eight to a win at the IRA Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., a dramatic come-from-behind victory for the Huskies over Brown. Taylor is on track to graduate this year with a degree in communications, where he sports a 3.57 GPA. He's the lone Washington representative on the 10-person list.
Taylor has made academics a priority ever since he arrived at Washington from New Zealand, having twice been selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. He constructed his own major through the help of the Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) group, focusing on corporate training and communications. Last summer, Taylor interned with MTV in Los Angeles.
"He's a Washington success story," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "This is wonderful for a young man who's motivated to take on challenges in life, both in school and here at Conibear Shellhouse. We're very proud of him and his accomplishments."
As successful as Taylor was in the classroom at UW, he was equally dominant as a rower. The senior has two IRA Gold Medals to his name, as well as a Silver Medal from the 2008 National Championships. In 2007, Taylor stroked the freshman eight to a Bronze Medal at the IRAs.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo Tires, the award's sponsor, will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner.
"We are proud to honor these outstanding student-athletes in partnership with Toyo Tires," said Commissioner Larry Scott. "These student-athletes have shown a dedication to their sport and to their academics, and this award honors those achievements."
To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be a senior on track to receive a degree, and have a cumulative GPA above a 3.0. He or she must also a major participant for their sports, and have a minimum of one year in residence at their respective institutions.