Blair Athol sisters record wins at IFMA Youth World Muay Thai Championships

PUMPED: Blair Athol twins Emily and Sophie Curtain celebrate together after winning gold at the world Muay Thai championships.
PUMPED: Blair Athol twins Emily and Sophie Curtain celebrate together after winning gold at the world Muay Thai championships.

Sophie and Emily Curtain have done it again.

The Blair Athol twins, 17, secured gold medals at the International Federation of Muay Thai for Amateurs (IFMA) Youth World Muay Thai Championships in Thailand in early August.

It is the third time Sophie has secured world title victories and the second time Emily has won gold.

Their father Matt Curtain said it was as incredible effort by his daughters.

“I am very proud of them both and they seem to be a good streak at the world championships,” he said.

“Sophie and Emily have barely lost fights over the last two years and they both work very hard.”

The sisters represented Australia at the championships with Sophie competing in the 63.5kg and under category while Emily competed in the 60kg and under class.

Sophie capped off the championship by being named the best female athlete at the event.

It was the fourth time that Sophie and Emily had competed at the world championships.

They gained selection after again recording wins at the Australian national titles earlier this year.

Sophie and Emily celebrate together after winning their respective semi-finals at the world championships.

Sophie and Emily celebrate together after winning their respective semi-finals at the world championships.

Sophie and Emily became interested in mixed martial arts about six years ago and the twins train at Leumeah’s SAAM Muay Thai Gym. 

Curtain said his daughters undertook a strict fitness training regime in the lead-up to the world championships.

“The girls train six times a week at SAAM Muay Thai before a fight plus they do a 25km run and three strength and conditioning sessions each week,” he said.

“Even on a normal week, Sophie and Emily will train up to four or five times a week at the gym.”

Sophie and Emily said they loved Muay Thai because it was fun but understood it wasn’t for everybody.

“We love the cultural aspects of the sport and the respect that goes with it,” they said.

“We have made friends from around the world because of Muay Thai.

“It takes a special type of person to keep competing in this sport because of the sacrifices you have to make – but it’s worth it.”