“The key to success is hard work, that’s why it remains a secret to so many”: AFLW star Tayla Harris chats about her book, More Than A Kick

“The key to success is hard work, that’s why it remains a secret to so many”: AFLW star Tayla Harris chats about her book,  More Than A Kick

Congratulations on this wonderful book! You’re the reigning Australian female middleweight boxing champion, and the super welterweight champion, plus a champion AFLW player. You set goals and you achieve them. Did you ever imagine yourself as an author? How did that happen?

No never – but I really enjoyed the process and working with Jen Castles and Allen & Unwin to bring the book to life!

Your experiences have motivated you to speak up and call for action against trolls and better management of social media. Did you have any moments of doubt when you thought “nah, it’s too hard, I’ll just ignore it and hope it will go away”?

No never – I was hell bent on making a difference in this space.

You’ve utilised many different platforms to get your message across. What motivated you to create a book?

I saw this as another opportunity to help people and make a positive influence on the community.

 In your book you address a multitude of issues faced by young people. Can you tell us the main messages of the book and how it will  influence our community to try harder.

The main messages are to stay positive in trying times, to rely on friends and family for help and reassurance and that is okay to struggle sometimes but there is help out there.

How does it feel to hold your book in your hands?

I feel very proud.

What was the most challenging part of writing this book?

Remembering things in depth!

What books did you find engaging when you were a child? Did you enjoy reading?

I honestly didn’t read books but loved looking at pictures!

We read that you visited Nike HQ in the US. That would be like heaven for some of our young readers. Can you tell us a bit about it?

That was an amazing experience and one I will remember forever, the Nike campus was next level and the people were so welcoming and amazing. I loved reading and seeing all the history that remains at the campus and understanding more about the Nike brand.

You’re just 23 years old. There are so many different directions in which you could direct your energy. What do you think the next five years hold for you?

 I’m not sure what the next 5 years hold but whatever it is I am excited for it and can’t wait to take opportunities and see where they take me!

 What’s the best thing you know now that you wish someone had told you in primary school  or high school?

“The key to success is hard work, that’s why it remains a secret to so many”. And that failing will be the biggest and best learning experience.

 

 

 

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    Synopsis

    AFLW player Tayla Harris was at work on the footy field when she kicked a goal. A photo of the kick - taken by Michael Willson - showcased her incredible athletic ability and was posted online. What happened next was an extraordinary turning point in Tayla's life. The photo quickly became iconic as Tayla stood strong against the online trolls. This is the inspiring story of Tayla's stellar sporting career so far, and her hard-earned advice to young people navigating the ups and downs of social media.'Tayla is showing young women that you can wear glitzy gowns and rock stilettos, and you can also be a hardcore athlete who sweats and spits and kicks the footy, as well as a total dag in trackydacks with food-stains on your front.' - Patty Kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch'The best way to show them is to show them up.' - Warren Harris (Tayla's dad)
    Tayla Harris
    About the author

    Tayla Harris

    Tayla Harris is an AFLW player for the Carlton Football Club. She previously played for Brisbane in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. She received All Australian honours two years in a row, as well as winning Mark of the Year in season 2018. She is also a professional boxer. In March 2019 Tayla was subjected to extreme online trolling when a photo showing her kicking for goal was posted to social media. She has been lauded for how she navigated the social and mainstream media storm that followed and is proud to use her platform to speak out about the issue, raising awareness around trolls and online bullying, calling out unacceptable behaviour online and inspiring young women.

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