Look at us now: From Kindie to the HSC, the twins are all grown up

Look at us now: From Kindie to the HSC, the twins are all grown up Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Dream team: Tiani and Kristan Kolbas, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Jacinta and Georgia O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Tiani and Kristan Kolbas, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Jacinta and Georgia O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta (top) O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis (top) Regan and Tiani and Kristan (top) Kolbas. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas and Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream big: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan and Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Darren Pateman

Dream team: Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan, Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Dream team: Maxine and Alexis Regan, Kristan and Tiani Kolbas, Georgia and Jacinta O’Sullivan. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

TweetFacebookNewcastle Herald has followed Georgia and her twin sister Jacinta since they started inthe same Eleebana Public class astwins Kristan and Tiani Kolbas and Maxine and Alexis Regan in 2005.

Everyone except Georgia has finished their final exams, while Maxine left school in year 11 and works for Aurecon.

The Herald reported when the twins finished year six theyhad swapped classes on April Fool’s Day to trick their teachers.

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The girls –all now 18 – said while they were still occasionally mistaken for each other, being a twin had taken on a new meaning as they started forging their own paths.

Maxine and Alexis’parents decided at the end of year 10 it was best for them to move to twoprivate schools.

The girls were adopted at five months old from Papua New Guinea and are each other’s “wingman”.

“They wanted us to have our own separate identities, not as twins,” Maxine said.

“I am more laid back and it didn’t bother me going with Alexis’ decisions, but they wanted me to start making my own decisions.”

Alexis said the sisters had gone to school, socialised with the same friends and lived together, which had caused some arguments.

“But that first day getting up and putting on a different uniform to Maxine was so hard –she’s my backbone,when issues arise she’s the person Igo to.”

Maxine said they had “completely different personalities”.

“You annoy each other, but you don’t want that spot filled by anyone else,” she said.

“I was okay with it, but worried if something wentwrong I would not be there. When I left my school to start work I knew if she was in trouble, I could be there in a heartbeat.

“The people you grow up with become your family…but being adopted means our only bloodline here is our twin.”

Meanwhile, Jacinta said she didn’t like being a twin.

“You don’t have your own personal identity, it’s not ‘Jacinta’, it’s ‘the twin’,” she said, although she saidhaving a sister for support, motivation and to study with through the HSC was invaluable.

Georgia said comparison was constant.

“There’s always ‘Who is the smarter one, the clumsier one, the hotter one.”

The sistersaren’t fazed about being separated. The longest they’vebeen apart istwo and a half weeks, when Jacinta was in South America and Georgia inNew York.

“But I think we had better conversations when we were apart,” Georgia said.

“We were Face Timing and actually cared about what each other was doing.”

Kristan said she had considered moving to Sydney, but was unsure if she could leave Tiani.

“I love being a twin,” she said.

Their relationship deepened around the trial exam period, when Kristan developed a mystery rash she said could have been brought on by stress.

It covered her body and required a week in hospital, followed by another week of in-home care and disrupted her study preparation.

“Tiani couldn’t bear to see me crying,” she said.

“I wanted to leave school but I got through because of her and my family and friends. I can’t believe I did it.”

The girls said they were sad to leave school–Georgia said she “cried the entire graduation day”– but ready for the future.

“I’m keen as,” Jacinta said. “I’m keen to do something I love, for responsibility, to be an actual adult!”

“Rev head” Maxine said she thinks often abouther dream to be a V8driver –she has a certificate three in automotive qualification.

Alexis is considering the emergency services; Jacinta is planning to study architecture; Kristan is deliberating between nutrition and dietetics or personal training while Tiani wants to operateher own business, perhaps in interior design.

“We’ll see each other every few years and be able to pick back up where we left off,” Tiani said.