Twins on track for medals at national finals

Twins Caitlin (left) and Olivia Brough have been selected to compete in the UK Athletics finals after winning a haul of gold and silver medals at county and regional level.
Twins Caitlin (left) and Olivia Brough have been selected to compete in the UK Athletics finals after winning a haul of gold and silver medals at county and regional level.
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TALENTED twins who have scooped a haul of gold and silver medals at county and regional level have both been selected to compete in the UK Athletics finals to be held in Birmingham in April.

Caitlin and Olivia Brough, 14, from Wallsend, are also hoping their speed, strength, poise and agility will help their gymnastic team qualify for national championships in March.

The twins are in Year 9 at the King’s School, in Tynemouth.

Recently they were invited to compete for North Tyneside in the Tyne and Wear Sportshall Athletics County Championships 2012 held at Seaburn, Sunderland, where they qualified to represent Tyne and Wear County in the north east regional final for under-15 girls after winning four gold and four silver medals between them.

Caitlin won gold in the two-lap race, standing long jump and eight-lap paarlauf, as well as silver in the speed bounce. Olivia won gold in the eight-lap paarlauf and silver in the shot putt, vertical jump and two-lap race.

Caitlin also won first prize for all-round champion for the north east while Olivia was second.

Caitlin said: “We’ve been enjoying athletics since we were ten-years-old.

“We don’t mind which one of us wins but we both try to be first. We love the competition.

“We both admire Jessica Ennis, the heptathlete, because we’re all-rounders like her.

“We enjoy all kinds of sports.”

King’s head of girls PE and games, Clare Taylor, said: “Caitlin and Olivia are extremely talented sportswomen.

“They have been an excellent addition to King’s under-14 hockey squad and we look forward to seeing them both in action at the school’s athletics events over the summer.”

Olivia said: “We competed in the UK finals last year when Caitlin won the two-lap race so we are both keen to win even more medals in April.

“We also have a gymnastics competition this month so there’s plenty to train for and compete for.”

The pair are members of the City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy.