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Downham Marquettes baton twirlers' Nancy Burton is double national champion at British Championships



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Downham Marquettes recorded 23 placings between eight athletes, including a double national champion title for Nancy Burton, at the British Baton Twirling Sports Association National Championships.

This event was held at the K2 Arena, Crawley.

Results, Violette Cornish-Scott: Micro Tot 3rd Solo Twirl, 3rd Pom Strut, 4th Basic Strut, 4th Dance Twirl; Nancy Burton: Tiny Tot 1st Solo Twirl, 1st Pom Strut, 2nd Poise, 3rd Duo, 4th Dance Twirl, 4th Two Baton, 4th Fancy Strut; Lillian Cornish-Scott: Tiny Tot 3rd Duo, 5th Pom Strut, 6th Basic Strut; Layla-Anne Byford-Nichols: Juvenile 1 Pre-Beginner 6th Solo Twirl; Anne-Marie O’Shea-Barnes: Junior 1 Novice 3rd Dance Twirl, 5th Fancy Strut, 6th Solo Twirl; Tanisha Read: Junior 2 Beginner 4th Two Baton; Scarlette Burton: Junior 2 Intermediate 4th Solo Twirl, 5th Fancy Strut, 6th Dance Twirl, 6th Two Baton.

Downham Marquettes at the British Baton Twirling Sports Association National Championships. Back, from left: Anne-Marie O’Shea-Barnes, Tanisha Read, Scarlette Burton. Middle: Sofia Clarke, Nancy Burton. Front: Layla-Anne Byford-Nichols, Violette Cornish-Scott, Lillian Cornish-Scott.
Downham Marquettes at the British Baton Twirling Sports Association National Championships. Back, from left: Anne-Marie O’Shea-Barnes, Tanisha Read, Scarlette Burton. Middle: Sofia Clarke, Nancy Burton. Front: Layla-Anne Byford-Nichols, Violette Cornish-Scott, Lillian Cornish-Scott.

Marquettes stated: "We are immensely proud of our club athletes for doing their absolute best across two days of intense hard competition."

In June Marquettes will be taking part in the Downham Festival parade and holding some fundraising stalls during the festivities of that week. All money raised will go towards the club for upcoming competitions, costumes, and team equipment.

On June 12/13, Junior 2 athletes Scarlette and Tanisha will be representing the club at the British Open Freestyle Championships in Crawley.

Between July 5 to 10, international athlete Scarlette will be representing England at the European Cup in Blanes, Spain, competing in the Junior Women Level B sections for Solo Twirl, Two Baton and Freestyle Solo.

On July 17 the full competition team will be competing in the BBTSA Virtual Summer Cup, joining two other Norfolk based teams (from Thetford and Dereham) where teams can mix together. Also coming up are a regional freestyle and teams competition and the BBTSA Foundation Cup.

The team is currently taking on new members, and can be contacted through their Facebook page, search for @marquettesbaton or enquire via email marquettes@outlook.com.

Training for beginners is Monday evenings 6-8pm at Downham Academy (boys gym) for ages 5-plus (primary school starters). Fees are £5 per session, although first session is free. Under-8s can train for an hour session, 6-7pm, at only £3 per session.



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