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Born and bred in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Tyla Harrison-Hunt discovered a passion for competitive basketball at an early age. Following a shin fracture he turned to coaching, unearthing a talent for helping others that has become a driving passion in all aspects of his life.
Today, Tyla is a high-performance basketball skills trainer. His business, Crossover Coach, sees him coaching a range of athletes; from young children to adults at an elite level. Tyla is also the Head Coach of the Lincoln Men's University Program – the youngest in the history of the university.
Tyla married his high school sweetheart, Saba, whose family are part of the Muslim community in Christchurch. Six years ago, Tyla also converted to Islam – a decision he cites as being one of the most fulfilling of his life. When the Al-Noor Mosque – where Tyla reverted – tragically came under attack on March 15th, Tyla and Saba lost both friends and family. When the opportunity arose, Tyla channelled his grief into good and travelled to Germany, speaking to more than 3000 people on the subject of peace, forgiveness and resilience.