Ki­wis wig out over blond bomb­shell

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TANA’S dreads, Tua’s flat-top and Jerry Collins’ blond close­crop have prob­a­bly been the best loved hair-dos of Kiwi sport – un­til now.

It’s been par­tic­u­larly hard to miss triath­lete Tayler Reid at the Com­mon­wealth Games, and even harder to miss his fan club as they trooped around after the ath­lete in their trade­mark curly blond wigs.

And Reid’s sup­port­ers were in full re­galia and voice yes­ter­day when he was part of a Kiwi team that won bronze in the mixed team triathlon on the Gold Coast.

Reid, who held off the chal­lenge of Canada’s Matthew Sharpe to clinch third place for New Zealand be­hind victors Aus­tralia and sil­ver medal­ists Eng­land, said he loved his colour­ful sup­port crew.

"I’m so lucky, I have such a big fam­ily and they love what I do – I’m so lucky they come and sup­port me like they have.

"My fam­ily’s mas­sive – I think I have like 20 plus, close to 30 here, all ex­tended fam­ily. My mum, my step-dad, my dad and step-mum – they’ve all helped me so much to get to this point.

"I’m not sure who was re­spon­si­ble for the wigs. I heard about it the night be­fore – they wanted to ask if it was ok. I was all for it –it was pretty cool. I could spot them eas­ily in the crowd." FULL TRIATHLON RE­PORT, Sport p17

Tayler Reid cel­e­brates with his fans.

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