Kiwis dig deep to help trio to Muay Thai competition in Thailand

Tainui, Tokomaru and Aotea Taylor, 13, were picked to represent New Zealand at the Youth World Muay Thai Champs later this month. Photo / Supplied
Tainui, Tokomaru and Aotea Taylor, 13, were picked to represent New Zealand at the Youth World Muay Thai Champs later this month. Photo / Supplied

A set of triplets are heading to a top world Muay Thai competition in Thailand thanks to a last-minute fundraising effort.

Tainui, Tokomaru and Aotea Taylor, 13, were picked to represent New Zealand at the Youth World Muay Thai Champs later this month.

However, the family's fundraising efforts had brought in only about $5000 - enough to send just one of the siblings.

Since the family appeared in the Herald on Sunday last week, an extra $8000 had been donated by generous Kiwis, including a Christchurch business who gave the youngsters $1000 towards their trip.

The triplets' father, Bevan Taylor, who raised them on his own, said the family was hugely grateful to everyone who had pitched in to help get all three youngsters to the competition.

"It was the last roll of the dice, but I felt in my mind we were meant to go.

"We are extremely grateful to all the kind people out there," said Taylor.

"The kids owe it to them for their kindness."

The siblings and their dad, who is also their trainer, will travel to Thailand next week.

They will join other members of the New Zealand Black Gloves team competing in the boxing champs.

- Herald on Sunday

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