To give them that extra push, the 18-year-olds have been sent to Japan for a three-week training stint before the Games, returning just in time for the meet that starts on June 28.
Jade, the elder twin by 12 minutes, said they started taking judo classes while at SMK Seri Bintang Utara.
“It was more to learn self-defence but as we practised, we got better so we started going for competitions,” Jade said.
Besides the kata event, both Jade and Pearl have also competed in the sparring events and recently won bronze medals in the Under 48kg and Under 57kg categories respectively in the recent National Junior Championships.
While the girls looked like a force to be reckoned with in their white judo uniforms, they also revealed their softer side: both have passed their Grade 8 exams in ballet.
Cheah said their background in ballet contributed to their flexibility and agility while performing judo routines.
“They are only 18 and I see a lot of potential in them. They are also eyeing a place in the Sea Games squad,” said Cheah.
Jade said besides understanding each other very well, the other advantage they have over other pairs was the fact that they can practise at home.
“We can also discuss our techniques whenever we feel like it,” Pearl added.
Both of them are currently pursuing their A-Levels at a local college and Pearl said they actually had very different characters.
“I love to cook and bake while Jade is into fashion, art and design,” said Pearl.
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