It’s rare enough to make a world championship team but to do it with your sibling is an even bigger achievement for the Massoud family.
The Winston Hills siblings – Lani, 18, and Corey, 15 – will represent Australia at the International Taekwondo Federation World Championships in Ireland, starting October 9.
The Massouds train at the Il Shim Taekwondo gym in Rydalmere with a strong tram of nine competitors making the trip to Ireland in a team of 20 representing Australia.
It’s an honour for the pair, competing in their first world championship event.
“Being able to be there with someone you know very well and compete in the same tournament is pretty good,” Corey said.
“It means a lot because we’re representing our country and doing the sport that we love.”
The pair have been training in taekwondo for some time with Corey a first dan black belt and Lani reaching second dan black belt.
For Lani, the world event will be a great opportunity to show off her skills after taking up the sport as a four-year-old.
She said it was gratifying to have a world championships experience with so many from her home gym.
“I’ve known all these people since I was little so it’s good to travel with them,” she said.
“[Going with Corey] will be good as well because parents aren’t coming so we’ll have each other.”
Similarly, Corey said it was great to be selected with such a strong contingent coming from the club.
“It means a lot because not everybody in our club is going,” he said.
“To be picked out to go with the other nine people at the club, it’s a good opportunity and experience for everyone.”
Corey will compete in the patterns, sparring, team sparring and special technique competitions, while Lani is set to do patterns, sparring and board breaking.
The ITF World Championships run in Dublin, Ireland from October 9-15.