DYNAMIC DUO: Twins Shannon and Lea Piccinelli will be competing in their first water polo competition in Townsville over the weekend.
DYNAMIC DUO: Twins Shannon and Lea Piccinelli will be competing in their first water polo competition in Townsville over the weekend.

Twins take on water polo

WHITSUNDAY sporting enthusiasts Shannon and Lea Piccinelli will be competing in the North Queensland water polo trials in Townsville this weekend to secure places in the Secondary School Queensland State Championships.

Trying their luck at the sport for the first time, the 16-year-old twins said they were nervous and excited about competing at the trials.

“I don't know how we will go,” Shannon said.

“The Brisbane girls are really tough because they have played the sport from a lot younger ages than us,” Lea said.

Water polo caught the girls' attention when they were deciding what sport trials they were going to try out for this year.

“Normally we compete in the touch trials,” Lea said.

“But being swimmers we thought we would give water polo a go.”

Already playing soccer for Whitsunday FC, the girls said they were working on adapting their skills to the water.

“We are going to Proserpine Swimming Pool and doing sprint training,” Lea said.

“It's so hard because we are forever sprinting during the games; we never really get a break.”

And it seems their hard work and determination is already getting noticed.

“One of our coaches (in Townsville) wants us to play on the Townsville team,” Lea said.

“We are definitely considering it,” Shannon said.

The girls will each play seven games of water polo on their first day at the trials.

From there they will play on different teams so selectors can observe their individual skills.

“If we get in we will be representing Queensland and will get to go to Melbourne to compete,” Lea said.

“Our favourite thing is that we will get to make heaps of friends.”

The championships are being held from today until Sunday at the Long Tan Memorial Swimming Pool and Ignatius Park College Pool in Townsville.


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