Taylor Lawrence joined the GB Bobsleigh set up at the very end of 2019 when he linked up with Brad Hall and his crew following injuries to Sam Blanchet and Alan Toward.

He went on to make his international debut on the sport’s top circuit, the World Cup, less than a fortnight later when he competed in the 4-man double header in Winterberg in January 2020.

Lawrence finished ninth and tenth in those back-to-back races despite having never previously pushed on the side handle and only having had a handful of training runs with his new team. Those results were even more impressive given that his first taste of the sport had only come earlier in 2019 via the military. 

He was an ever present alongside Luke Dawes and Greg Cackett in Hall's World Cup crew for the remainder of the season and he finished seventh in his maiden World Championships in Altenberg in March.  

A serving Royal Marine Commando since September 2016, Lawrence played Academy level football and rugby union before joining the Armed Forces at the age of 20.

He continued to play rugby and then rugby sevens after joining the Royal Marines and also won the Navy Cup with their football team. Other sporting highlights during his military career to date include representing the Royal Marines at rugby against their American counterparts during their successful Virginia Gauntlet Trophy campaign (a competition combining a range of sporting disciplines) in 2019.

In between his numerous sporting achievements, Taylor has been deployed on various exercises and deployments across the globe. 


  • Nickname: Tay
  • Most likely to be spotted: in the gym
  • Least likely to be found: in a 9-5 job
  • Me in three: big, competitive, proactive 
  • Heroes: my Dad because he’s always supported me in everything I do and is my biggest fan
  • Random fact: I have a twin sister
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would continue my career as a Royal Marine Commando
  • Career highlight: seventh place in the World Champs 4-man