Georgia and Kate Heffernan. Photo supplied.
Georgia and Kate Heffernan have a bright future ahead of them
in their sports.
At 14, the Blue Mountain College twins have already shone in
cricket, netball, basketball and athletics, and have plenty
more to give.
It was no surprise the Heffernans delved into sport at an
early age. Their mother, Annette, was a Silver Fern, and
their father, Noel, played rugby for Canterbury Country.
Netball is a passion the girls share.
They are members of the Blue Mountain College senior A team -
Georgia is a shooter, while Kate is handy all over the court
- and have played in Eastern Southland age group
representative teams since year 5.
Along with netball, the girls have both represented Eastern
Southland in basketball, making the under-15 team last year,
and the under-17 team this year.
They said they enjoyed juggling the sports and keeping fit.
Both attended the South Island secondary schools athletics
tournament at the start of the year, Georgia in long jump,
and Kate in high jump.
They said they did not perform their best but both placed
11th in under-15 events.
In the summer, cricket is where the girls have really
Georgia is a handy bowler, while Kate is more of a batting
all-rounder and - according to her sister - is an ''awesome''
Georgia was selected in the Otago under-21 cricket team that
competed at the national tournament in December.
She was the youngest player in the tournament and said it was
''intimidating'' to compete against players a lot older than
''I was scared of everyone,'' she said with a grin.
The team finished sixth, and Georgia impressed her older
team-mates by taking seven wickets, the most by an Otago
Meanwhile, Kate travelled to Christchurch for a tournament as
part of an Otago-Nelson combined cricket team, where her team
made the third-fourth playoff that was rained off.
A month later, both Georgia and Kate travelled to Wanganui as
part of the Otago under-15 representative team.
The team was fourth overall, beating both Canterbury and
Auckland. Georgia took an impressive 12 wickets and was named
bowler of the tournament.
Both girls were then selected to compete for an Otago
under-16 development team that played two twenty20 games and
a 40-over game at Waitiri Creek.
They said they learnt a lot and met a lot of people.
Growing up on a farm, the twins are always outside shooting
goals or throwing a ball to each other, part of the reason
they share a love for sport.
Their brother Matthew (18), who is a member of the Otago
Boys' High School First XV, played a role in the girls'
success in cricket.
They said he used to make them bowl to him when they were
''He would complain if we didn't bowl straight,'' Kate said.
Both Georgia and Kate aim to make the Otago under-21 cricket
team next year, and keep learning and improving in all their
- Bridget Rutherford
Names: Georgia and Kate Heffernan (14).
School: Blue Mountain College.
Sports: Netball, basketball, athletics, cricket.
Netball: Eastern Southland representative teams since
year 5, Southland development under-14 and under-15 squads
Basketball: Eastern Southland under-15 and under-17
representative teams (both).
Cricket: Otago under-21 (Georgia), Otago under-16
development (both), Otago under-15 (both).
Athletics: Eleventh in under-15 long jump at South
Island secondary schools (Georgia), 11th in under-15 high
jump at South Island secondary schools (Kate).