Jordan Doris has been selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas next month.
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NAME: Jordan Doris
SPORT: Athletics – 800m
Many sets of twins become impassioned with the same sport, they either partner up, or face off against each other.
Although competitiveness is part of their DNA, 17-year-old fraternal twins Jordan and Emily Doris decided early on they would take separate sporting routes.
“Mum and dad put my twin sister and I into little athletics at Eschol Park when we were 6-years-old,” Doris said.
“Emily chose to swim competitively and I decided to stay in athletics.
“I just loved to run”.
Running attributes don’t naturally lend themselves to swimming, but the five-time national champion in 800m rarely turns down the opportunity to take on Emily at her own craft, with the ultimate reward on the line – bragging rights.
“We have swum against each other at school carnivals and I take great pleasure in letting her know when I beat her,” he says
“Same when we run in cross country races or the longer distant races at school.
“I always make sure when I pass her I give her some encouragement and tell her to hurry up.”
However, Emily holds onto bragging rights of a different kind, arguably the most important race and victory of them all.
“She is older than me by three minutes,” he said.
“…and she makes sure everyone knows it.”
They are athletes with an eye to a future on the track and in the pool but while Jordan competes in his first international event next month in the Bahamas, he knows he will have the backing of his sister.
“We both have an appreciation of the hard work we put into our sports and support each other in it.”
“I am extremely excited and proud to be representing Australia in the Bahamas.
“I have seen most of Australia but have never been overseas before, so this is huge for me.”