Harrington Grove sisters ready to take on world’s best

Warrior: Hayley Dyer will compete at the World Karate Championships for the first time this year. She will compete alongside her older sister Charlii. Picture: Supplied

Warrior: Hayley Dyer will compete at the World Karate Championships for the first time this year. She will compete alongside her older sister Charlii. Picture: Supplied

Two Harrington Grove sisters are fighting their way to the top at the World Karate Championships this week.

Charlii and Hayley Dyer were selected to represent Australia at the US Open World Martial Arts Championships in Florida, USA.

The dedicated siblings have been training hard in the lead up to event.

Charlii, 16, is competing in the prestigious competition for the second time this year.

She said she was delighted to compete alongside her little sister.

“This was one of my dreams,” the St Benedict’s Catholic College student said.

“I was lucky to have this opportunity in 2015 and my goal was to return one day and compete with my sister, Hayley.”

Hayley, 11, is competing at the international event for the first time.

“I’m so excited,” the St Justin’s Primary School student said.

”I am looking forward to competing against other kids from around the world.

“It feels really good to have my sister with me. Charlii has been doing tournaments a lot longer than I have so it’s good to have her there to help me.”

More than 5000 of the top competitors from all over the world will compete at the the tournament.

It is also broadcast live on ESPN in America.

”I am looking forward to the competition and meeting new people from other clubs around the world,” Charlii said.

“I have been doing martial arts now for a little over 12 years. I started with kung fu and have now moved onto karate at Extreme Martial Fitness, Smithfield.

“There is so much to love about the sport; the discipline, the fitness, the friendships.

“I am lucky that I have made some beautiful lifelong friends from all over Australia.”

Hayley said she started doing karate when Charlii did, more than two years ago.

The sisters both think they are in with a good shot at winning the tournament.

“I think I have a good chance – I am training as hard as I can whilst trying to study for year 11 exams and my HSC,” Charlii said.