Blair Athol’s Sophie Curtain is now one of the best junior muaythai fighters in the world.
Fifteen-year-old Sophie and her brother Bradley competed in the World Youth Muaythai Championships in Thailand in August.
Muaythai is a combat sport known as the “art of eight limbs” because competitors use their fists, elbows, knees and shins to grapple standing up.
Sophie came home with a gold medal after defeating tough competitors from Thailand and Kazakhstan in the 54kg under 15 division.
The sibling’s father, Matthew Curtain said he was very proud of his children.
“To beat the Thai competitor in her own country at their national sport was pretty amazing,” he said.
Sophie competed at last year’s championships with her twin-sister Emily. Sophie was determined to go one better after finishing with a silver medal last year.
“I knew I wanted to get gold - I didn’t want anything less. It was an amazing feeling to win and my biggest achievement so far,” Sophie said.
“My coach, Adam Ciraolo, new I could get gold, which is why he pushed me so hard. He told me to just do my best.
“And competing with my brother was nice.”
Sixteen-year-old Bradley also had an impressive achievement coming fifth in his age and weight category.
“I competed against some very strong and difficult opponents – the best from around the world,” he said.
“I was proud to compete for the Australian team on the world stage.
“I will keep training to work on my skills and techniques so I can go back next year as a stronger competitor.”
Emily unfortunately had to pull out of the world championships after she broke her hand a month before the competition.
All three siblings would like to pursue a professional career in muaythai when they turn 18.
The siblings have trained at SAAM Muaythai Gym Campbelltown for four and a half years.
Mr Curtain said his children trained six days a week for several hours leading up to a competition or fight.
Sophie said she loved the sport because she was always learning new skills and enjoyed making friends at the gym.
“I like going to training because I have made good friends,” she said.
Mr Curtain said it was nice to his children support each other through their intense training and diet.
Both Sophie and Bradley said training and competing with their siblings was nice because they could share the experience and push each other to their limits.