Penny Taylor

Penny Taylor

Athlete Biography

One of the nation’s greatest ever basketball products, Penny Taylor will return to Olympic competition for her third Games at Rio after missing out on the London 2012 Games due to injury.

Having secured her first professional contract with the Dandenong Rangers 18 years ago, Taylor has had a decorated career that has seen her win titles in Australia, USA, Italy, Russia, Turkey, as well as in China. Still playing at an exceptional level, she currently lines up for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.

Taylor made her Games debut in 2004 after just missing out on selection for Sydney 2000. She won a silver medal with the side at her debut Games before going on to be named the Most Valuable Player at the 2006 World Championships where Australia were crowned World champions.

A severe ankle injury to Taylor in the quarter-finals at the Beijing 2008 Games was a devastating set-back to the Australian side as they eventually went down to the United States in the gold medal match.

She defied the odds to come back from multiple injuries that cruelled her chances of playing at the London 2012 Games and then kept her out of a large part of the 2013 WNBA season. She would prove crucial on her return to the Mercury’s 2014 championship winning side which was her third with the team. In an eventful year she also captained the Australian side to the bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships.

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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 2nd 2004 Athens - 2nd

Recent Performances

  • 3rd – 2014 World Championships (Turkey)
  • Won 3-0 – 2014 WNBA Finals: Playing for Phoenix Mercury vs Chicago Sky (Phoenix & Chicago, USA)

Career Highlights

  • World Championships 2002-bronze, 2006-gold (MVP), 2010-5th, 2012-bronze.
  • WNBA championship 2007,2009,2014 with Phoenix Mercury
  • Played professionally in Australia, Italy, Russia, Turkey and USA Played womens Euroleague 2002-2012


  • Secondary
    Upwey High School, Lake Ginninderra College (ACT, Australia)


  • Coach
    Brendan Joyce
  • Club
    Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Primary Training Base
    Phoenix, USA


Favourite food
Favourite holiday destination
Dream car
Tesla model S
Star Sign
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Beach Volleyball