Twins ri­vals, yet fans of each other

Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT - Lau­ren Pe­den

IDEN­TI­CAL twins Keara and Kayla Nel (18) may be ri­vals in the gym­nas­tics arena but they’re also each other’s big­gest fan.

The Ave­ley sis­ters were al­ready do­ing artis­tic gym­nas­tics when they were in­tro­duced to tram­polin­ing after a fam­ily friend in­vited them to watch their daugh­ter com­pete.

“She of­fered for us to have a go on the tram­po­line at the end of the com­pe­ti­tion and the coach came straight up to Mum ask­ing if we would join the club,” Kayla said.

They are both now tri­alling for the World Age Cham­pi­onships be­ing held in Bul­garia in Novem­ber.

Next year, they also hope to qual­ify for the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships be­fore the World Cham­pi­onships as se­nior ath­letes.

They said se­lec­tion in the Aus­tralian Se­nior Women’s team for World Cham­pi­onships, World Cup or World Games was the ul­ti­mate goal.

“My goal was to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in my sport, which I did last year at the Indo Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships but now I want to go to the World Cham­pi­onships,” Kayla said.

“In Septem­ber we are trav­el­ling to Bendigo for the Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onships, which is the fi­nal trial for Worlds se­lec­tion.

Keara said she too would like to win a World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle and ad­mits she’s feel­ing a bit ner­vous about tri­alling to qual­ify.

“After be­ing ded­i­cated to the sport for so long, I want to achieve the high­est pos­si­ble rep­re­sen­ta­tion I can and com­pete for my coun­try,” she said.

“My proud­est mo­ment was win­ning Na­tional Cham­pion for dou­ble mini this year.”

Kayla said her big­gest suc­cess was win­ning Aus­tralian Cham­pion on vault and be­ing se­lected for Indo Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships for dou­ble mini tram­po­line in 2016.

They said they were each other’s most chal­leng­ing op­po­nents.

“It’s hard be­cause peo­ple com­pare us all the time such as ‘if she can do it you must be able to’ but it’s also re­ally fun be­cause she is there with me and un­der­stands the pres­sure and ef­fort it takes to do well,” Kayla said.

Keara said they al­ways cheered each other on.

“It’s some­thing you ad­just to. Last year Kayla was se­lected to go to Indo Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships and I re­ally wanted to be cho­sen but I had to be happy for her,” she said.

Keara and Kayla have both been nom­i­nated for the Ju­nior Sports Star In­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory in the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Star Awards.

Keara and Kayla Nel.

Kayla and Keara Nel in ac­tion.

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