Footy fans are taking part in the #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE in which punters recreate Carlton AFLW star Tayla Harris‘ bloody incredible athleticism.
A shot of Harris, mid-air, initially went viral after a string of disgusting comments led to its removal from the AFL‘s social media pages. The organisation’s decision to remove the image, instead of the comments, was heavily criticised by the general public and prominent voices in the footy community including Patrick Dangerfield. After the AFL pulled the image, fans were quick to repost it to social media in support of Harris.
The AFL later apologised for deleting the photo and said they would “work harder to ban the trolls from our page.”
On Friday, Harris kicked off the #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE, sharing the best impersonator will win a brand new pair of Nike boots.
Everyone can take part, even doggos.
I’ll choose the best impersonation to win a pair of @Nike boots ????????#TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/4I528XSuhh— Tayla Harris (@taylaharriss) March 21, 2019
After a y’huge number of impersonations started to fly in, Harris tweeted that she “LOVES seeing everybody kicking their hearts out!! Keep them coming.”
First up, here’s Harris’ teammate Darcy Vescio mid-air.
Here’s my entry for the #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE— Darcy Vescio (@darcyvee) March 22, 2019
I’m actually shook I haven’t been trolled before, @taylaharriss pic.twitter.com/UWAH9GTHBP
And Dylan Alcott being an absolute legend.
Good luck to the mighty @carlton_fc in the AFLW Prelim today. Also shoutout to @tayla_harris for her huge week, inspired me to give the #taylakickchallenge a crack #afl @AFL @aflwomens pic.twitter.com/2AhFkwYc5S— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) March 22, 2019
This is just plain adorable.
think my daughter needs work 😛 #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/iQ4AIpZKZO— Andrew Sertori (@AndrewSertori) March 22, 2019
This is simply relatable.
Here is my entry for the #TaylaKickChallenge. This about as far as I could go at the height of my playing career.— Brian Barrish (@BarrishUSAFL) March 22, 2019
And, mock if you must, but like @taylaharriss’s bomb, my kick also split the sticks. ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/gjcCQrxWhp
My appalling #TaylaKickChallenge attempt. One degree higher and then either my pants, hammy or both would've given out! pic.twitter.com/fkJrRkclTp— John Carr (@TheHolyBoot) March 22, 2019
@taylaharriss Love your work Tayla.— Brett Kirk (@brett_kirk) March 22, 2019
Keep inspiring young girls like my daughter Memphys. #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/Oah74m3zPO
Here’s my entry for the #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE 5 years old! pic.twitter.com/5QTxf2OMUs— Lisa McCormick (@LAMcCormick) March 23, 2019
This is my kiddo- rocking his favourite “Stand up for what you believe in jumper”, #AFLW crows shorts gifted by @DrScienceLover and then cracking me in the head with his #TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE pic.twitter.com/eGuT0kIzGe— Ash Smith (@DrAsh_Smith) March 23, 2019
Pia takes on the #TaylaKickChallenge pic.twitter.com/pWKPh2wU8s— Megan Maurice (@meganmaurice) March 23, 2019
The closest thing I'll get to an athletic photo; trying to turn and just slipping over. ????????♂️????????#TAYLAKICKCHALLENGE #Cambridge @AFL @taylaharriss pic.twitter.com/TfeTBlzRE1— Bodhi Hardinge (@BodhiHardinge) March 22, 2019
Earlier this week, one footy fan even got the sensational shot tattooed on his arm.
Seaford Meadows man Blake Griffiths had originally been in the Mix102.3 studio to get a tattoo of Adelaide Crows coach Dan Pyke on his arm, inspired by a David Bowie-themed Ken Hinkley tattoo.
But, since he was already in the studio, hosts Jodie and Soda asked if Griffiths would like a tattoo of Harris on his other arm.
Griffith’s “couldn’t be happier” to get the tatt – even though he’s a Crows supporter – and said he’s looking forward to showing off his new ink while serving beers at his pub in Aldinga.
“Good stuff Blake, hope to see you at the footy one day,” Harris tweeted.
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Oi, online trolls, you won’t get this removed! #JodieAndSoda organised Blake from Seaford Meadows to deliver the strongest possible support for @tayla_harris by getting the now iconic image of her tattooed on his forearm this morning! #aflw #aflwomens #Tattoo by @aleisha_tattoooo of @inkhauscreativestudios
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