Monika and Carmen Eggens took to swimming at an early age, but it wasn't quite what the Pitt Meadows girls were looking for.
"Monika and I started swimming with the Haney Neptunes then switched over to waterpolo," Carmen told The TIMES. "I started playing first and have been playing since I was eight. Monika joined around the same time when she was six years old."
In time, both graduated from Pitt Meadows Secondary and were offered scholarships.
Now in their 20s, the girls are looking forward to spending more time with their water polo team - the senior women's national team which recently placed eighth in Barcelona, Spain at the International Federation for Swimming (FINA) 15th annual Aquatic World Championships.
"I graduated in May and Monika will graduate this December," Carmen noted. "I will be moving to Montreal this week, and after Monika graduates in December she will join me there to centralize with the national team."
More than just a way to see the world, the sisters recognize water polo as a great sport for many reasons.
"I have loved it since I started playing because it is challenging both physically and mentally and requires you to be in great physical shape," Carmen said.
After a tough loss versus Russia knocked the team out of the medals in Barcelona, they were defeated in their final round with the Netherlands with a score of 12-9.
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