Alister Taylor became a member of the Mercantile Rowing Club after leaving school and was awarded a Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship. He has competed in Single Scull, Double Scull, Coxed Four, and Quadruple Scull at State, National and International levels.
His early career highlights include Victorian Champion Elite Single Scull in the 2003/2004 season; Elite Quadruple Scull National Champion; Elite Single Scull Champion (NSW); Elite Quadruple Scull Champion (NSW) and Elite Coxed Four Champion (Vic) all in the 2004/2005 season.
In 2008 Alister won the National Championship in Elite Coxed Four and was a member of the Victorian State Team for the President’s Cup.
In 2009 he was Australian National Champion Coxed Four and Champion Elite Double Scull. Most recently, in 2010, he was the winner of the Henley Royal Regatta Prince of Wales Challenge for Club Coxed Four, and also the Belgian National Champion Coxed Four. Alister is currently undefeated in Coxed Four in the UK and international regattas.