Downham Marquettes bag their best result in 18 years

Downham Marquettes Success At Area Competition 11th March 2017
Back: Scarlette Burton, Eva Jordan, Anne-Marie Mussard
Middle: Elissa Knott, Yazmyn Evans, Alice cook, Charlotte Davies
Front: Grace Meadows-Flint, Amelia Harrison, Talia Jordan
Missing from photo: Kayleigh Porter.
Downham Marquettes Success At Area Competition 11th March 2017 Back: Scarlette Burton, Eva Jordan, Anne-Marie Mussard Middle: Elissa Knott, Yazmyn Evans, Alice cook, Charlotte Davies Front: Grace Meadows-Flint, Amelia Harrison, Talia Jordan Missing from photo: Kayleigh Porter.

Downham Marquettes entered the Area Competition in 48 events and placed in 46 of them, taking champion titles in 11 events.

Their success gained the team qualifying places for team members to the BBTSA National Championships at Easter.

The girls faced stiff competition from a number of talented twirlers from across the area but managed to bring home a stash of awards.

Among the highlights were Scarlette Burton (9) and Charlotte Davies (13) retaining their Solo Twirl Area Champion status in the Juvenile 2 and Junior 2 age groups. The pair also gained Two Baton titles and Scarlette claimed a third title in Juvenile 2 Fancy Strut. Grace Meadows-Flint (11) also claimed two championship titles.

Competition debutant Eva Jordan (9) scooped two championship titles, as did youngest competition team member Anne-Marie Mussard (8).

Just missing out on top spot were Kayleigh Porter (9), Talia Jordan (12) and Alice Cook (19). Amelia Harrison (13) who only started twirling in 2016 has qualified for National Championships for the first time, alongside Elissa Knott (14) and Yazmyn Evans (16).

The seven team members who will now be representing the Marquettes at the National Championships in Crawley over the Easter weekend are now hard at work, practising and improving their routines over four weeks.

Charlotte Cornish, Marquettes and BBTSA coach, said: “As their coach, I’ve seen the sweat and tears that the team have put into their training. It was a great joy to me, the rest of the Marquettes steering group and parents of the athletes to see them win at the weekend.

“It’s the best competition result we’ve had in 18 years! The girls should be very proud of themselves – I am!”

RESULTS

Anne-Marie Mussard: Area Champion – Pre-Beginner Solo Twirl (Juvenile 1), Area Champion – Pre-Beginner Poise & Personality (Juvenile 1), 2nd Place – Pre-Beginner Dance Twirl (Juvenile 1). Eva Jordan: Area Champion – Pre-Beginner Solo Twirl (Juvenile 2), Area Champion – Pre-Beginner Poise & Personality (Juvenile 2), 2nd Place – Pre-Beginner Dance Twirl (Juvenile 2). Kayleigh Porter: 2nd Place – Beginner 2 Baton (Juvenile 2), 2nd Place – Beginner Solo Twirl (Juvenile 2), 4th Place – Beginner Fancy Strut (Juvenile 2), 8th Place – Beginner Dance Twirl (Juvenile 2). Scarlette Burton: Area Champion – Beginner 2 Baton (Juvenile 2), Area Champion – Beginner Solo Twirl (Juvenile 2), Area Champion – Beginner Fancy Strut (Juvenile 2), 8th Place – Beginner Poise & Personality (Juvenile 2), 9th Place – Beginner Dance Twirl (Juvenile 2). Grace Meadows-Flint: Area Champion – Beginner 2 Baton (Junior 1), Area Champion – Beginner Fancy Strut (Junior 1), 2nd Place – Beginner Dance Twirl (Junior 1), 3rd Place – Beginner Solo Twirl (Junior 1), 8th Place – Poise & Personality (Junior 1). Talia Jordan: 2nd Place – Pre-Beginner Dance Twirl (Junior 1), 4th Place – Pre-Beginner Solo Twirl (Junior 1), 6th Place – Pre-Beginner Poise & Personality (Junior 1). Amelia Harrison: 4th Place – Beginner Fancy Strut (Junior2), 5th Place – Beginner Solo Twirl, 8th Place – Beginner Dance Twirl. Charlotte Davies: Area Champion – Beginner Solo Twirl (Junior 2), Area Champion – Beginner 2 Baton (Junior 2), 3rd Place – Beginner Dance Twirl (Junior 2), 5th Place – Beginner Fancy Strut (Junior 2), 9th Place – Beginner Poise & Personality (Junior 2). Elissa Knott: 2nd Place – Beginner 2 Baton (Junior 2), 4th Place – Beginner Dance Twirl (Junior 2), 6th Place – Beginner Solo Twirl (Junior 2), 9th Place – Beginner Fancy Strut (Junior 2), 10th Place – Beginner Poise & Personality (Junior 2). Yazmyn Evans: 7th Place – Novice 2 Baton (Senior 1), 7th Place – Novice Fancy Strut (Senior 1), 8th Place – Novice Dance Twirl (Senior 1), 10th Place – Novice Solo Twirl (Senior 1). Alice Cook: 2nd Place – Novice Fancy Strut (Senior 2), 2nd Place – Novice Dance Twirl (Senior 2), 2nd Place – Novice Solo Twirl (Senior 2).

DUO RESULTS

Scarlette Burton & Grace Meadows Flint – 2nd Place Beginner (Junior 1). Charlotte Davies & Elissa Knott – 4th Place Beginner (Junior 2). Yazmyn Evans & Alice Cook – 5th Place Novice (Senior 2).

l If you would like to try Baton Twirling, contact the Marquettes via their Facebook page, email marquettes@outlook.com or message their coach on 07554424008.