Michael Crossland tells me that Trent Taylor is the most interesting person he knows on the Coffs Coast. C[pounds sterling]Trent is an amazing and interesting man who I am sure would enjoy having the opportunity to share with you his story, ideas and mission,C[yen] says Michael. Nothing I like better than a man with a mission!
IT'S noon on a holiday Monday so Sawtell's Split CafE[umlaut] is teaming with people.
A tall, young looking man wearing denim, a T-shirt and Taylor Made cap enters and glances amongst the tables.
C[pounds sterling]Trent?C[yen] I ask.
He strides forward, grabs a seat and orders a hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. No lunch.
He explains, C[pounds sterling]I've been going since 6am. I grabbed a sandwich, so I'll just keep moving.C[yen]
This is my first hint that Trent Taylor really is a man on a mission.
At 36, Trent says he's on the same mission that he set for himself when he wrote in his high school yearbook: C[pounds sterling]I'm going to retire at 45 and play golf for the rest of my life.C[yen]
This restless man doesn't strike me as someone who's going to slow down in nine years; can it really be retirement he's seeking?
Perhaps the answer lies in his childhood.
Trent's early years are marked by absence and loneliness.
He grew up restlessly in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne with his young, single mum.
She married when Trent was nine, and he didn't get along with his new stepfather.
C[pounds sterling]My way of dealing with it was to go for long rides and long runs. I would push my body physically as a way of punishment or counselling. I felt quite isolated.C[yen]
From this loneliness and search for identity was born a top class triathlete, training with the best in Victoria, holding high hopes for a place in the Sydney Olympics.
Whilst training, Trent studied Phys Ed and set up a personal training business.
Then a bio mechanic's analysis revealed that if he kept up the pace, he would be crippled by 30. His sporting dreams came to a sudden end.
If he could no longer run, then Trent's next dream was to fly.
He decided to become a corporate jet pilot and headed to Kalgoorlie where a job in mining could fund his pilot's training.
He got his licence, completed a three-year aviation degree and racked up 1200 hours flying time as a bush pilot out of Broome.
When he was close to achieving the hours he needed to fly jets, marriage and pending fatherhood forced Trent to revisit his goals. …