Karate stars shine bright

THEY are a martial arts sister act and they will represent NSW together for the first time at the national titles in Perth later this year.

Angela Oei, 16, and Fiona Oei, 10, from Liverpool, recently made the NSW team for the Australian Karate Federation titles.

The siblings are from Yoseikan Karate Liverpool Dojo Club and train at the Whitlam Leisure Centre.

Angela said her younger sister has plenty of natural talent.

"Fiona is very good at karate," Angela said.

Fiona said Angela helps with her training.

"I like martial arts and my sister always helps me."

Fiona said she joined the club after seeing how much Angela was enjoying karate.

And the girls might be shy when you meet them but their coach, Abdul Zahra, says this impression disappears when they step into the ring.

"Angela and Fiona have been training at our club for several years but this is their first year in competition and they are going well," Zahra said.

"Give them a few years and they can become champions."

Fiona won two bronze medals at the Australian open titles held at the Whitlam Leisure Centre.

"Angela didn't win a medal but considering she was up against some of the best athletes in Australia she did well," Zahra said.

"There is still a few months until they have to travel to Perth for the major competition so we will work as hard as possible for them to reach their goal of becoming Australian champions."

The titles will be held in Perth in August.

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