Kiwis wig out over blond bombshell
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.