“Humbling” was how Tayla Harris described the moment her controversially-famous kick for goal was immortalized.
Harris pulled the cloth off her own three-metre statue this morning surrounded by applause from on-lookers.
— Anna Harrington (@AnnaHarrington) September 10, 2019
“It is surreal to see it, although I don’t think I will fully understand or appreciate the significance of it for another 20 years,” Harris told the Herald Sun on Wednesday morning.
Harris’s kick for goal, which happened the week before round one of the AFL season was captured by photographer, Michael Wilson but dominated headlines around the country.
Online trolls targeted Harris on social media, writing derogatory comments about her gender and the eccentric way her legs spread when she kicks for goal.
The reaction to the online fiasco, resulted in plenty of Harris supporters and many others showing their support towards the Blues’ player, therefore marvelling in the sheer athleticism of her kicking action.
Harris called-out the online trolls which eventually led to a global discussion about inappropriate behaviour towards female athletes.
The bronze statue will temporarily stay at Federation Square during the finals, with a permanent home is yet to be announced.