Twin sisters net their dream job

TWIN sisters from Holcombe Brook are hoping to net their dream jobs and play a netball team in Australia.

Haslingden High School maths teacher Abby Barber and her identical twin sister Livvy play for the England Indoor Netball team.

They both competed in the World Championships in Australia.

Abby helped her mixed squad to its first ever win in an official match when they beat South Africa and the team ended up third overall.

Livvy, who is completing her Masters Degree in sports science was picked for the women's team and they were fourth.

Abby, 23, said: “We had to do a lot of fund-raising before going because we had to raise £3,000 each but fortunately we both managed to get sponsorship from JD Sports and Kukri.

“I have now been invited to play for a team in Australia but I really enjoy my job at Haslingden High.

“Whatever happens we both hope to be in the squad for the next world championships in two years time, which will be in England, but this time we would like to be able to play on the same team.”

The twins are not the only sporting stars in the family. Their younger sister Poppy, 15, who attends Woodhey High School in Ramsbottom, not only plays netball but is also a county hockey team player.

Abby said: “Our parents Kathryn and Phil spend their weekends and evenings watching us all play. Being twins, Livvy and I are very competitive and always striving to be the best.

“I don't know yet if I will take up the position with the Australian team, it is a chance of a lifetime but I would miss not being with my twin.”

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