Patris twins to compete in Australian Youth Olympics
By Agnes M. Abrau
KOROR (Palau Horizon) — The Patris twins — Alexandrina and Alexandra — have
been picked to represent the Pacific Islands in the Australian Youth Olympic
Festival in January 2005. The twins’ excellent performance and records
at previous international competitions have qualified them for the youth Olympics. “They
were selected to represent the whole Pacific,” said Steven
Patris, the twins’ coach and father. Alexandrina will compete in the
63 kg weight class while Alexandra will pit in the 58-kg weight class. Countries
such as South Africa, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Palau
will participate in the event.
In Fiji in 2003, Patris’ girls won one gold each in the South Pacific
Games, one for the senior category and the other, junior level. Alexandrina
won two silver in the recently-concluded Oceania Championship for senior and
junior categories while Alexandra bagged one silver for junior category and
one bronze for senior category.
The girls have been practicing for the event two hours each day, five days
a week. “The girls have never missed a day to practice since 2001,” Patris
said. Joining them in the practice is their younger brother, Stevick, 13 who
is being groomed to become another champion in weightlifting. The girls, 15,
will be accompanied by their coach, Loryann Belargo for the event. A fundraising
activity to cover some of their expenses will be held. Patris said he thanks
Polycarp Basilius and Alan Seid for their donations for the trip.
In May 2005,
the girls will also compete in the Australia Junior Championship and Arafura
Games. “My goal is to get these girls to the level of world champions
or the Olympics level,” their father said.