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TEAM TAYLER: Family and fans gather to watch Gisborne’s Tayler Reid

If support was an Olympic Games sport, Tayler Reid's cheerleader squad would be gold medal contenders. A large contingent gathered at the West Inn Tavern this morning to watch Gisborne triathlete Reid in action in the mixed team relay at the Tokyo Games. Many were wearing REID NZL T-shirts and almost all had on bushy wigs to emulate Reid's mop of blond hair, although the 24-year-old cut his hair in anticipation of the hot and humid Tokyo weather. Unfortunately, the New Zealand team were well adrift of the leaders after the first leg completed by Ainsley Thorpe, with Reid running the second of the four legs. Meanwhile, Gisborne sprint kayaker Alicia Hoskin is counting down to her Olympic Games debut. Hoskin is paired with Teneale Hatton in the K2 500 metres and will be in action in the heats from 11.08am on Monday. Hoskin is also in the K4 500 crew which features New Zealand kayaking great Lisa Carrington. The K4 heats are on Friday morning.

Picture by Paul Rickard

TEAM TAYLER: If support was an Olympic Games sport, Tayler Reid's cheerleader squad would be gold medal contenders. A large contingent gathered at the West Inn Tavern this morning to watch Gisborne triathlete Reid in action in the mixed team relay at the Tokyo Games. Many were wearing REID NZL T-shirts and almost all had on bushy wigs to emulate Reid's mop of blond hair, although the 24-year-old cut his hair in anticipation of the hot and humid Tokyo weather. Unfortunately, the New Zealand team were well adrift of the leaders after the first leg completed by Ainsley Thorpe, with Reid running the second of the four legs. Meanwhile, Gisborne sprint kayaker Alicia Hoskin is counting down to her Olympic Games debut. Hoskin is paired with Teneale Hatton in the K2 500 metres and will be in action in the heats from 11.08am on Monday. Hoskin is also in the K4 500 crew which features New Zealand kayaking great Lisa Carrington. The K4 heats are on Friday morning. Picture by Paul Rickard