It’s fair to say that Camden twins Natalie and Amy Sligar are comfortable being around each other.
From the classroom to the netball court, you can bet the 16-year-olds aren’t far apart.
The St Patrick's College Campbelltown year 11 students are excelling at school but are also taking the netball world by storm.
Natalie and Amy have been identified as future stars after being selected in the Netball NSW’s 2019 under-17s train-on squad.
Natalie said the siblings were selected in this year’s team and hoped to make the final cut again when the official line-up was announced next month.
“We have our final training session in two weeks’ time and they pick the final team from there,” she said.
“Being in the train-on squad puts us in a good spot, but you never know what the selectors are thinking.”
Natalie, who predominantly plays goal attack or goal shooter, said it would be special for the sisters to get picked to play for NSW together again.
“We’ve played together since we were seven and are always together,” she said.
“We played for Bringelly Netball Club growing up, representatives for Camden, and then played academy netball together.”
Natalie said she shared a “special” bond with her twin, both on and off the netball court.
“We have always been close and sit together at school,” she said.
“I know I’ve always got her there if I need her. You're never really alone.”
Natalie said Amy, who prefers to play centre or in defence, was an outstanding netballer.
"Amy works hard and shuts down her opponent for 100 per cent of the game," she said.
I know I’ve always got Amy there if I need her. You're never really alone.Camden teen Natalie Sligar
Amy said her sister was a great leader.
“I see how hard Natalie works all the time,” she said.
“Natalie is such a great leader, she has been the captain of so many teams.
“She gets the best out of everyone around her.”
Amy said being picked in the NSW under-17s was a great stepping stone to higher representative honours.
“There so many steps you need to take but we would love to play together for Australia one day,” she said.
“That would be the ultimate goal.”
St Patrick’s College teacher Mel Arena has coached both twins and said they were terrific players and leaders.
“Natalie and Amy demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship and maintain a high standard of ethics,” she said.
“Their composure on the court is admirable.”