2018 NWTRPA Award Winner Profile: Arthur Taylor
For over 20 years the NWTRPA, through our Awards Program, has been celebrating and recognizing recreation professionals and volunteers in northern communities for their continuing efforts and achievements in promoting recreation and active living for all northerners. This, the second in a series of profiles on the 2018 NWTRPA Award Winners, features Arthur Taylor. Arthur is the 2018 winner of the Award of Excellence for his work in Fort Smith.
Arthur has been responsible for kick-starting the squash club and squash lessons at the Recreation Centre in Fort Smith. He started out by giving up many weekends to organize, host, run, and referee squash tournaments. He has also focused on investing in the future by running free squash lessons three times a week for anyone aged 5 to 99.
Anyone who shows interest in the sport of squash in Fort Smith is supported by Arthur. He will run practices for new players, organize games for out-of-towners, and use social media to organize squash ladders and games. He even traveled to Yellowknife to bring two players to compete in their first tournament.
Arthur has written and received many grants to build capacity and acquire squash supplies, which has allowed equal access for all. Whether its rackets, glasses, balls, pylons, and cups, the Town of Fort Smith and its community members are able to access the equipment they need to put on amazing events.
His investments in equipment, his avid support, and his dedication to his community has enabled people of all ages and skillsets to play the game. Whether they are new or old players, local residents or people who have traveled to Smith for work or school, Arthur is there to help. Most importantly, by coaching children as young as five and providing so much support to everyone, he is building tomorrow’s competitors and building capacity for the Town of Fort Smith.
Recently, we got in touch with Arthur to ask him a few questions and help everyone get to know him even better. Here’s what he had to say!
Why is recreation important to you?
It’s always been a big part of my lifestyle. Now that I have kids, being active and involved in their recreation is a bonding experience and puts them on a path to healthy living.
What are your favourite ways to stay active?
Playing a variety of sports, squash being my favorite, and spending a lot of time outdoors. I do a lot of mountain biking in the summer and during winter months there’s nothing better than getting out snowboarding, winter camping, hunting, and fishing with friends and family.
What is one random fact about yourself?
I really enjoy building, repairing/tuning, and riding mountain bikes. I have been to New Zealand three times now for mountain bike holidays.
What would be the hardest thing for you to give up for a week?
Coffee and real coffee cream.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Super strength without getting sore muscles.