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Double trouble as Year 4 legally blind twins stick to hockey

HOCKEY HEROS: Kareisha and Kitty Keighley enjoy a hit out on the turf at Rockhampton's Kalka Shades. Photo Contributed
HOCKEY HEROS: Kareisha and Kitty Keighley enjoy a hit out on the turf at Rockhampton's Kalka Shades. Photo Contributed Contributed

NOTHING can hold Kareisha and Kitty Keighley back.

The Rockhampton twins are not your average Year 4 students.

The sisters are both "legally" blind, but that won't not stop them from playing the sport they love.

Despite having to overcome challenges a little different to other hockey beginners, Kareisha and Kitty took massive strides in their first season of Rockhampton junior hockey.

Kitty also has a genetic condition called Fragile X to contend with.

Relying on special glasses to be able to see, the pair have limited vision, but through pure determination Kitty and Kareisha hit the turf at Rocky's Kalka Shades and take pleasure from a sport which has become a huge source of joy for them.

Hockey has given them the opportunity to be part of a team - a first for them both - as well as develop their self-confidence, make lots of new friends and become more active.

After a successful first season, Kareisha can not wait to get back on the turf next year.

"I am looking forward to playing again next year," Kareisha said.

"I have made some really great friends and I like being goalkeeper because I get to kick the ball and protect the goal."

The inspirational hockey star said she and her sister were blessed with a patient coach.

"We are very lucky to have a patient coach, with Kitty's disability and both our eyesight being poor," she said of their coach, Lyn Black. "I really enjoy this great sport."

Kitty mirrored her twin's love for the sport and said she was really enjoying her time on the field.

"I really enjoy playing hockey and am allowed to wear my glasses. Lyn is a good coach and she makes this so much easier to understand," Kitty said.

Hockey Queensland and Rockhampton Hockey Association reps said they were extremely proud of the spirit and enthusiasm that both Kareisha and Kitty had shown, and looked forward to seeing the duo play next season.

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