The Taylor Shield is the monthly spearfishing competition for the Southern Zone. The event is named after the famous and well respected Ron Taylor. In recognition of his many years of dedication and competiveness in the spearfishing arena.

 

 

Winners of the Taylor Shield 2015

Barracudas!

From left Ellis, Wazza, Anthony, Joe, Jess, Jack. These are some South coast Skindivers members.

This photo was taken at the Southern Zone presentation and fun day at Currarong. 

A great day was had with families joining in the speargun throwing comp & the tug-o-war.

 

 

2016 Taylor Shield Competition Commences February 

Up to Date Taylor Shield Results

 History

The Taylor Shield competition is held monthly, traditionally on the first Sunday of each month, with a couple of exceptions, eg September ( Fathers Day). The shield dates back to 1964-65. In that first year the winning club was Port Kembla. The Port Kembla Club no longer exists as such. During the height of spearfishing popularity, the late 1960's 1970's, there were a number of clubs on the south coast and there were two zones in the region, one being the Southern Zone which still exists today. The other was the Far Southern Zone.

As the number of competitors lessened over the years, so did the number of clubs. The smaller clubs had difficulty in functioning with only a few members so it made sense to join the stronger, bigger club, being the South Coast Skindivers Club, which has survived since about 1965. A similar fate fell upon the Far Southern Zone,  joining the Southern Zone. The two major championships that were hosted by the Far Southern Zone, the Far South Coast Championhips and Eden 3 Way State Titles were taken on by the Barracudas and the Southern Zone hosts the South Coast Championships.

 

The Taylor Shield Today

The Taylor Shield is now contested within the Southern Zone, which comprises of the Barracudas and  Reversby Workers Club.  Each competitor dives not only for his individual points but also to contribute to a club score. The sum of these points over a competiton year decides the winner of the Taylor shield in that year. Barra's have won the Taylor Shield 28 times in 44 years, RWC 13 times. Other clubs won the title the other 3 times.