TRUE LOVE: Olympic swimmer Taylor McKeown snorkels with a pod of dolphins. She is so passionate about these beautiful creatures she is on a mission to put an end to them being in captivity.
TRUE LOVE: Olympic swimmer Taylor McKeown snorkels with a pod of dolphins. She is so passionate about these beautiful creatures she is on a mission to put an end to them being in captivity.

Olympian on mission for dolphins

SHE'S better known for her show-stopping swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

It was there she and three of her team mates powered home to achieve a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay.

Now the proud member of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team wants to speak on behalf of those who don't have their own voice.

Taylor McKeown, of Birtinya, is passionately campaigning to put an end to dolphins in captivity.

YOU BEAUTY: Taylor McKeown reacts after winning the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final on day 6 of the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide.
YOU BEAUTY: Taylor McKeown reacts after winning the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final on day 6 of the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. DAVE HUNT-AAP

She said if demand could be stopped for these animals, those living in the wild would stop being captured and killed if they don't meet the saleable standard.

"I based my cause on if we stop the demand for dolphins in captivity then we stop the demand for their capture in the wild," she said.

Ms McKeown said she had loved dolphins from an early age.

"I remember in primary school I used to always hire out dolphin books," she said.

"I was just fascinated that there is something as intelligent as us."

She said the turning point for her was in 2009 when she watched a documentary called The Cove.

OLYMPIAN: Taylor McKeown nabbed a medal at the Rio Olympics.
OLYMPIAN: Taylor McKeown nabbed a medal at the Rio Olympics. Funkita Swimwear

"It highlighted a lot of things to me," she said.

"Here I was loving this animal and here were humans treating them this badly."

More passionate than ever, Ms McKeown travelled to Taiji in Japan, where the documentary had been filmed, to find out for herself.

"I remember going there last year and standing at the top of the cove and listening to them kill them," she said.

"I was so angry that they could get away with this."

To support Ms McKeown's mission, visit www.taylor mckeown.com/community.