|First fish picture after winning the world title, Ron Taylor at Montague Island with Yellowtail Kingfish.|
FOOTNOTE: A common account on the Maori wrasse capture has it that Ron Taylor 'lost' this big fish and was helped to find it again by one of the English team. This is to imply that a diver of Ron Taylor's experience, couldn't relocate a cave that he'd just left. The UK diver who shouted or said words to the effect 'the fish is here' was in all probability making an incidental remark. This does not prove Taylor was confused. That Taylor didn't know where his speared fish with broken spear-line attached, was holed-up. According to Taylor's account of the incident, he broke the spear-line in haste as time was running out.. This could hardly constitute 'losing' a fish while the first spear was attached. It would be highly unlikely that Taylor didn't know where the cave was and required someone to help him. On the other hand, maybe there was confusion in those final minutes and maybe the UK diver did help by marking the location of the cave?
Magazine (above left) has the world championships story below. The other is included to further illustrate how spear fishing was the spark that began other forms of diving.
WORLD FEDERATION OF DIVING - France website
|Ron Taylor press conference, Sydney airport|
|Some of Ron Taylor's Australian trophies, returned to USFA|
CUBA TEAM 1967
Ron Taylor, John Black, Vic Ley
Actor Janet Kingsbury at Sydney airport wishing farewell to Vic Ley and Ron Taylor