Team will represent the U.S. in the World Baton Twirling Championship
Demonstrating speed, stamina and athletic artistry, 65 of the nation’s top baton twirlers will compete for a coveted spot on “Team U.S.A.,” the U.S. World Team during the prestigious U.S. Trials Baton Twirling Competition, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, at Goddard High School, located at 2500 S. 199th Street West, in Goddard, Kans., a suburb of Wichita. The winners will represent the United States in the twirling equivalent of the Olympic Games: the 35th World Baton Twirling Championship, which will be held August 3-7, 2022, in Turin, Italy.
The athletes competing in the U.S. Trials include three men and 62 women. They hail from 17 states and range in age from 12 to adult. They will compete in Men’s and Women’s Freestyle, Freestyle Pairs and Team. Among the competitors are past and present Grand National Champions and World Medalists.
“This is sport baton twirling at its very best,” said Karen Cammer, president of the United States Twirling Association (USTA), which is hosting the U.S. Trials. “These are elite athletes who train like Olympians and demonstrate a multitude of athletic skills – the speed of a sprinter, the stamina of a distance runner, the strength of a gymnast and the artistry a figure skater. They spend countless hours in training to earn the opportunity to represent their country in the World Baton Twirling Championship.”
The U.S. Trials Baton Twirling Competition is free and open to the public. Preliminary competition will be held from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, with the finals of the Freestyle, Freestyle Pair and Team competition running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.
For more information about the U.S. Trials and the sport of baton twirling, visit www.ustwirling.com.
About the United States Twirling Association: The United States Twirling Association (USTA) is dedicated to the development and advancement of the sport of baton twirling. The USTA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, founded in 1958, to provide opportunities for its members and supporters to participate in the sport of baton twirling through recreational, educational and competitive programs. The USTA has more than 6,000 members, provides educational programs for athletes, coaches and judges, and sanctions more than 200 local, state, regional and national competitions each year. The USTA is a member of the World Baton Twirling Federation and selects a team each year to represent the United States in the World Baton Twirling Championships.
About the World Baton Twirling Federation: The increasing popularity of the sport of baton twirling throughout the world brought about the formation of the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) in 1977 to develop, promote and standardize the sport of baton twirling. The WBTF offers international clinics for athletes, a standardized Judges’ Training Program and Master Exam for judges and sanctions the World Baton Twirling Championships.
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