The unveiling of a statue of AFLW star Tayla Harris in Melbourne’s Federation Square (pictured right) has sparked calls for the immortalisation in bronze of another controversial moment in Australian sport.
The 3.3m statue of Harris captures the moment that sparked a social media controversy earlier this year when a photograph of her famous kick attracted negative and sexist comments.
The new Harris statue has prompted fans of former NRL player Todd Carney to start a public appeal to erect a statue of him that captures the famous June 2014 incident in which the former Cronulla Sharks star was caught performing a “bubbler” in a men’s toilet.
Self-confessed Sharks fanatic Morris Scottson said he was launching a fundraising appeal to defray the cost of creating a statue that would double as a public water fountain (artist’s impression above).
“Tayla Harris has her statue, and good luck to her,” Mr Scottson said.
“There’s also a statue in Perth of indigenous AFL player Nicky Winmar (pictured left) that captures the moment in 1993 when he famously lifted his jumper on field to proudly point to his skin as his response to racist abuse from the crowd.
“They recognise top sports stars in less traditional ways, and I reckon Todd Carney is up there with those two players, easy. He deserves to be immortalised for future generations.
“Plus, my idea is that the statue will perform an important public service by also being a cold water fountain.
“People will not only come to see the statue of Todd, but can have a cool and healthy drink with him too.”
The nation’s No.1 Sharks fan, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was not available for comment on the statue idea.