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Albany sisters form bond, heading to Special Olympics

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Tyeshia and Natasha Luster are heading to the Special Olympics to play bocce.

Despite being mentally disabled, Tyeshia Luster has conquered the sport of Bocci in South Georgia. Winning a tournament 3 weeks ago earning her and her sister a spot as a unified team in June's Special Olympics. It's an honor they have been training towards for 5 years

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any athlete," Natasha said. "There is no other person that I would rather have there than my sister."

"It felt good," Tyeshia said. " ... It felt wonderful. I love to have fun, I love bocce."

Natasha helps Tyeisha in her daily life as she battles her disability but on the bocce court, Tyeshia is the leader

"She is my backbone, I'm going to be honest with you because when it comes to boccie sometimes I make mistakes," Natasha said. "Tyeshia will pick up the points for me."

Mary Stamps, Tyeshia's coach says the sport has helped her develop socially

"Tyeshia was quiet, she just didn't mix and mingle that well," Stamps said. "She has always been one of best persons to take anywhere because of her smile, her disposition, her friendliness, and I have seen her grow I really have."

The Lusters will be the first unified team from South Georgia to represent the state in the Special Olympics.

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