Triplets with ‘close bond’ reach birthday milestone
From the first days of prep to school graduations and driving lessons, life has been done in threes for the Clegg triplets who this week celebrate their 21st birthday.
Born on November 15, Matt, Riley and Tayla were excited to celebrate the "milestone" age among family and friends this Saturday.
Tayla said she was looking forward to sharing another memorable memory with her brothers.
"I'm looking forward to just seeing everyone and it's not just friends but also family and those that have grown up with us too," she said.
"Just being able to do it and spend time with not just a couple people, but with everyone is a big deal after COVID."
Even though they grew up through the toddler stage and awkward teenage years, Tayla said not much had changed among the triplets and described their relationship as a close bond.
"A lot of people think as you get older you move away from your siblings, but I can't say too much has changed," she said.
"We are still living at home I think we will always be really close.
"Just being able to find the time to spend together is probably the trickiest because we all work and are all very busy now.
"Our 21st birthday is just one of the many exciting things that is going to come up I think watching each other continue to grow and go through uni and different milestones and moments in our life is pretty exciting."
Like normal siblings, Riley said the trio have had squabbles, but loved experiencing life's memorable moments together and was excited for the future.
"Obviously, we are going to go on different paths with whatever we chose to do but I think we are always going to stay close," he said.
Since graduating school in 2017 the triplets had launched into their chosen careers.
Riley is studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in tourism leisure events at the University of the Sunshine Coast and hopes to work in the events industry when he graduates next year.
Matt is working as a landscape gardener and is planning on working in and studying outdoor education next year.
As a keen runner, Tayla trains five days a week and competes in regular competitions for Queensland Athletics.
She is also studying dietetics at USC.
While many would cringe at the idea of sharing a birthday with their siblings, Riley, Tayla and firstborn triplet Matt said they always enjoyed it.
"It's pretty cool sharing my birthday with my siblings and some similar hobbies as well," he said.
"I guess I don't know what it's like to not be a triplet, but I definitely think it's pretty cool."