Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Twins Prepare for College Basketball at IMG Academy in Florida

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Twins Prepare for College Basketball at IMG Academy in Florida

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IMG Academy prepares athletes for college


BRADENTON, Fla. - Whether on the court, in the weight room or just messing around trying to work out who gets to be taller in a photo, the Caron-Goudreau twins are always competitive.

Audrey Ann and Khaleann are ready to become fixtures for the Vanderbilt University Commodores women's basketball team next season after spending so much time trying to outdo each other in the IMG Academy's weight-training facilities this year.

"We work out like the guys," said Audrey Ann. "We're getting big -- really big."

Khaleann says they are getting "better and stronger" in the room.

"It will make a difference when we get to university because we already train like (they do)," she said.

The IMG Academy in Bradenton is a preparatory school that offers state-of-the-art training facilities for promising athletes in 10 different sports.

Boasting an international student body of more than 950 students from approximately 80 countries, the academy purports to give students an opportunity to succeed both academically and in their respective sports.

It seems to be working for the 18-year-old, six-foot-three forwards from Gatineau, Que.

The identical twins were moulded by IMG head coach Shell Dailey, a former WNBA and NCAA Division-I coach who has helped to develop more than 50 pro players.

"She knows the game and how to prepare us," said Khaleann.

Audrey Ann added: "She doesn't coach us like normal high school players. She coaches us like college players."

Colleges certainly took notice of the sisters -- the tandem received hundreds of inquiries from American universities.

"We have three huge boxes full of them," said Khaleann. "Our dad is very organized and he keeps them in order alphabetically in the basement."

From a distance, the twins may seem like normal high school students, constantly smiling and giggling with one another. However, the sisters become intense and very competitive when they put their jerseys on.

"I don't just own the paint," said Khaleann. "I own the entire court."

Their numbers suggest that they might be co-proprietors of the floor.

Khaleann averaged 14. …

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