List of Inductees 2006
Al Taylor began his national team playing career in 1973 with the Canadian Junior Team, joining the senior team the following year, when it moved to a full-time program in preparation for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. Following 1976, the team remained in Winnipeg and Al continued as a member of the senior team until 1981 when a serious ankle injury ended his playing career.
During his national team tenure, Al competed in the World Student Games in Moscow, in 3 NORCECA Championships in Mexico, the US A and the Dominican Republic as well as several Pan American Games, and 3 World Championships in Mexico, Japan and Brazil. His personal highlights included winning a silver medal at the 1979 NORCECA Championships and competing for Canada at the 1976 Olympic Games.
Following his retirement, Al turned his attention to coaching. In 1985, he served as an Assistant Coach of the Senior National Team with Brian Watson. For four summers, Al also coached the Canadian Universiade Team lending his extensive experience as a player and a coach to these young players. Al continued in the sport, coaching high school in Calgary for more than 30 years. It is only fitting that the award given to the top high school-aged volleyball player in Calgary is appropriately named the Al Taylor Award.