A new documentary following AFLW star and professional boxer Tayla Harris is in the works, following her challenges and triumphs as one of the country’s most recognisable athletes in recent years. If you don’t know her by name, you’ll know her by the kick that broke the internet.
Kick Like Tayla is an Australian Amazon Original doco produced by Amazon Prime and the AFL, and will explore Tayla’s life and love for footy and boxing and how she tackles daily mental and physical challenges.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this new Amazon Prime Video documentary where I can show what is a usually very private side to myself. You will see what makes me tick, how I go about game day, cutting weight for fights and plenty more,” Harris said.
— Tayla Harris (@tayla_harris7) February 11, 2021
Amazon Prime has really been pushing stories about Australian sport, with the release of The Test, an eight-part series about how the Aussie cricket team has recovered since the ball tampering scandal in 2018.
An AFL series Making Their Mark is also set for release next month. The show will follow Nic Naitanui, Stuart Dew, Stephen Coniglio, Eddie Betts, Rory Sloane, Damien Hardwick, Brendon Gale and Peggy O’Neal through last year’s COVID-19 season.
“Prime Video has the unique ability to tell local stories to a global audience, and we look forward to sharing Tayla’s story with our members,” Head of Content at Prime Video Australia Tyler Bern said.
Tayla Harris is a living, breathing icon, and it’s great that she’s being recognised in Kick Like Tayla. It was only 18 months ago that Harris’ famous kick was immortalised into a statue.
This statue represents #morethanakick, it symbolises a moment in time that can be remembered as a catalyst for change, a stand against online harassment and a reminder to women and girls that we deserve these opportunities ✊???? pic.twitter.com/LWcR7VAFge
— Tayla Harris (@tayla_harris7) September 12, 2019
The kick became famous when 7AFL decided to remove a social media image of it, after a bunch of gross people trolled it in the comments. I still cannot comprehend how anyone thought it was offensive. I guess a woman kicking ass is offensive to pieces of shit.
Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals. pic.twitter.com/68aBVVbTTj
— Tayla Harris (@tayla_harris7) March 19, 2019
The incident sparked a larger conversation about sexism in sport, and why it it was actually an important moment for women in sport.
Keep kicking people in the balls…I mean… kicking balls Tayla.