The last word with Paul Taylor
When he’s not enjoying the beautiful Sunshine Coast beaches with his wife Gina, Paul Taylor is working on his old V8 car or cooking up a storm. The hilarious sports fanatic took time away from his post as Nine News’ Regional Queensland Sports presenter to give us the Last Word.
I was born in… the morning.
My favourite sport is… Gimme a break, I'm a sports journo! Despite being born in Brisbane, my first experience with organised sport was playing Aussie Rules as an eight-year-old in Victoria. I'm also a huge rugby league fan and am now lucky enough to work alongside The King Wally Lewis. If you asked me what sporting event I would want to attend, it'd be the Monaco F1 Grand Prix with all the trimmings.
I look up to… older people - and those taller than 180cm.
My first job was… as an ice cream shop worker at the "brand new" Kawana Shopping World (circa 1979).
If I could meet anyone, alive or dead, it would be… Gough Whitlam. Love him or loathe him (and I am firmly in the camp of the former), he made a significant contribution to our society. I'm also intrigued by his polarising nature.
My most embarrassing moment was… as a 17-year-old novice driver, rear-ending two other cars while waving to a girl (who became my wife).
My hidden talent is… cooking. The cheaper the ingredients the more enthusiastic I get. I enjoy buying "specials" at the shops and basing a meal off that, rather than following a recipe.
The highlight of my career was… I object to the past tense used in this sentence! But, 19.3 years at my previous job without being sacked was pretty impressive. Calling a season of Cowboys (NRL) matches and another season of Taipans (NBL) matches was a thrill.
My next holiday will be to… Italy. My wife Gina has a long held dream of cruising the Amalfi Coastline in a 1960s Mercedes Benz convertible, a la Grace Kelly. Who am I to stand in her way?
My favourite type of music is… from story tellers - think Paul Kelly, Bill Chambers, David Flower.