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Winning couple: Tatia Rea on her life with world motorbike champion husband Jonathan

Co Antrim man Jonathan Rea secured a place in history two weeks ago when he won a sixth World Superbike Championship. His wife Tatia talks to Lorraine Wylie about her fears watching him racing at over 200mph, raising their young family and her own career dreams

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 Jonathan Rea and wife Tatia back at their home in County Antrim with sons, Jake and Tyler, along with their dog Bruno.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Jonathan Rea and wife Tatia back at their home in County Antrim with sons, Jake and Tyler, along with their dog Bruno. Photo by Peter Morrison

The couple on their wedding day (19 October 2012)

The couple on their wedding day (19 October 2012)

Jonathan Rea of Ireland and Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK (WorldSBK) leads Loris Baz of France and Ten Kate Racing Yamaha (WorldSBK) during the SuperBike race 1 during the WorldSBK French Round - Race 1 at Circuit de Nevers on October 03, 2020 in Magny-Cours, France.

Jonathan Rea of Ireland and Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK (WorldSBK) leads Loris Baz of France and Ten Kate Racing Yamaha (WorldSBK) during the SuperBike race 1 during the WorldSBK French Round - Race 1 at Circuit de Nevers on October 03, 2020 in Magny-Cours, France.

Tatia with Jonathan and their kids after he won the title in Estoril, Portugal.

Tatia with Jonathan and their kids after he won the title in Estoril, Portugal.

Tatia in the grounds of their home in County Antrim. Photo by Peter Morrison

Tatia in the grounds of their home in County Antrim. Photo by Peter Morrison

Six times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea back home in County Antrim with wife Tatia.  Photo by Peter Morrison

Six times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea back home in County Antrim with wife Tatia. Photo by Peter Morrison

Jonathan with his wife Tatia and sons Jake and Tyler, sister Chloe and mum, Claire. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Jonathan with his wife Tatia and sons Jake and Tyler, sister Chloe and mum, Claire. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Jonathan Rea and wife Tatia back at their home in County Antrim with sons, Jake and Tyler, along with their dog Bruno. Photo by Peter Morrison

With six consecutive World Superbike Championships under his belt, Jonathan Rea (33) has made racing history. Of course, fans always knew he'd do well but even his most loyal supporter could not have foreseen the scale of his success. However, there is one woman who, from the moment she set eyes on the young rider, recognised the hallmark of a winner. Since their marriage in 2012, Tatia Rea's belief in her husband's ability to dominate the sport has remained unshakeable.

Down to earth and refreshingly candid, Tatia - who is known as Tarsh - told me about life as the other half of Team Rea's dynamic duo and why she considers Northern Ireland her second home.

"I come from quite a humble background," the 41-year-old says, her Aussie accent instantly recognisable. "Growing up on Phillip Island (just off Australia's southern coast, near Melbourne), my older brother and I spent a lot of time in the outdoors.


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