The siblings are both figure skaters and skate through the Hamilton Special Olympics Program which operates under the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Skating Club. Although the sisters are involved in other sports including taekwondo and swimming, their mother Nimmi asserts that the two have thrived since they joined their current skating club less than two years ago.
Originally skating for the Mississauga Special Olympics team, Benishiya and Brianna left the group due to a lack of membership and their mother’s desire for them to be part a club where they were challenged and could hone their respective skills and abilities. As a result, their hard work, dedication and natural talent have enabled them to be granted the opportunity to compete at one of the region’s largest sporting events for athletes with exceptional needs.
Although both sisters do not have the communication skills that some of their competitors possess, Nimma asserts that she simply focuses on ensuring that they are benefiting emotionally from skating and are continuously going from strength to strength by being involved in a sport that they truly enjoy.
Source: Iain Colpitts on the Mississauga News website: Sisters with autism heading to Special Olympics Winter Games