I have been doing baton twirling since i was 8 years old and am now 25, baton twirling is my passion, i belong to a team called Vogue Twirlers, which are based in Weston -Super Mare, ( i live in wiltshire,42 miles from weston)i am the oldest in the team and started competing before some of our members were even born.
We compete at NBTA regional competitions for a chance to compete at our annual National championships which are held in Paignton,Devon.We have recently returned from these championships. This year the team returned home with 64 podium places (1st 2nd 3rd ) 18 of which are individual National Champions and 7 team national titles, as well as numerous places for 4th 5th and 6th places, we were also awarded 2 perpetual awards, my team never fail to amaze me, they are a young team, but the support they show for one another is second to none, we have worked extremely hard this year to get through the selection process for representing our country, we selected in 2 team routines and were successful in both of those, for Parade corp and Pom corp, we will be competing against some of the best twirlers in the world at the World Championships in Einhoven, Holland in April 2020.
As i have been twirling for as long as i have, there comes a time when you think about retiring,i have been thinking about semi-retiring from the sport i love to go into a coaching role,so this opportunity for me to compete at the World Championships will never repeat itself in my twirling career, i'm so excited we will be competing against and watching some of the best twirlers in the world, and cant wait.
Baton twirling is an expensive hobby and i have been fortunate enough to have parents that have supported me over the years, Baton Twirling is not a recognised sport by the Governing bodies of our country, so is fully funded by the athletes and their families/parents/supporters.We will now need to do extra training sessions, kit and tracksuits will have to be bought, which all need paying for.As both my parents with be accompanying our team to Holland, i cannot ask them for any help, i am not a high wage earner, so any donations received will be appreciated very much.
These International events are usually on live streams so if any one that helps me by donating would like to watch our team in Holland, the live stream link can be given to you nearer the time.
Thankyou for your time in reading this and supporting me