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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Harris hits back at criticism of bronze statue


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AFLW star Tayla Harris has hit back at criticism after she received a statue, saying the honour is about more than football.

Harris' iconic kicking motion, which was attacked by trolls earlier in the year, was immortalised with a bronze statue in Federation Square yesterday.

However, the Carlton star was once again subjected to criticism, with people questioning why she was granted a statue over more established female athletes such as AFLW icon Erin Phillips and Olympic gold medallist Kathy Freeman.

Speaking on Triple M radio, Harris admitted that she hadn't done anything as a footballer to warrant a statue.

https://twitter.com/taylaharriss/status/1172049946683428864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"It's completely more than about me," she said.

"I haven't done anything to warrant a statue as a footballer in my footballing achievements, but I have been involved in something that was a movement.

"I think if people who are clearly making negative comments asking why do I get a statue, I haven't done anything, all that sort of commentary, don't understand what the statue's for.

"Perhaps that's even more of the point of the statue is to create conversation."

AFLW star Tayla Harris has hit back at criticism after she received a statue, saying the honour is about more than football.

Harris' iconic kicking motion, which was attacked by trolls earlier in the year, was immortalised with a bronze statue in Federation Square yesterday.

However, the Carlton star was once again subjected to criticism, with people questioning why she was granted a statue over more established female athletes such as AFLW icon Erin Phillips and Olympic gold medallist Kathy Freeman.

Speaking on Triple M radio, Harris admitted that she hadn't done anything as a footballer to warrant a statue.

https://twitter.com/taylaharriss/status/1172049946683428864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"It's completely more than about me," she said.

"I haven't done anything to warrant a statue as a footballer in my footballing achievements, but I have been involved in something that was a movement.

"I think if people who are clearly making negative comments asking why do I get a statue, I haven't done anything, all that sort of commentary, don't understand what the statue's for.

"Perhaps that's even more of the point of the statue is to create conversation."

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