Monique Taylor was born in Toronto in 1981 to parents Carlton and Saundra and brother Duane Taylor. She grew up in Whitby, Ontario attending Dr. Robert Thornton Public School and Anderson Collegiate where she excelled in academics and sport, graduating with honours and winning Anderson’s Female Athlete of the Year Award twice. In 2000, Monique placed second in the triple jump at the Canadian Junior National Track and Field Championships. As a result of her performance, she was recruited heavily and offered full scholarships by numerous universities in the United States.
She chose to attend the prestigious Ohio University in Athens, Ohio — a school highly recognized as the national leader in Sport Administration education, where she would attain a Bachelor of Science. While attending Ohio University, Monique broke four all-time jumping records, becoming the best jumper in the school’s 200 year history.
Despite a hectic training schedule, outside of the track, Monique was very involved in university life. In her first year, she volunteered with Ohio University Athletics development department and was promoted the following year to Assistant Director of Recruiting operations for the University’s football team where she coordinated recruiting events for three straight years. Due to her significant contributions, Monique was offered a contract position to work with the Hula Bowl in Hawaii where she aided in recruitment, marketing and promotions tied to the National All-Star football game. Monique has also worked at Atlanta Spirit LLC and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. Currently, Monique is an executive at CIBC.
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