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Downham Market’s Marquettes Baton Twirlers bring home ‘amazing’ results from British Baton Twirling Sports Association National Championships in Crawley





A team of baton twirlers have brought home “amazing” results after attending a national championship competition.

Marquettes Baton Twirlers, from Downham, travelled to Crawley, in West Sussex, to compete in the British Baton Twirling Sports Association’s National Championship over the bank holiday weekend.

The team of 12, aged between six and 16, had spent the last two months perfecting their skills and routines after qualifying back in February at Norwich’s area competition.

The team had spent months training for the championships. Picture Marquettes Baton Twirlers
The team had spent months training for the championships. Picture Marquettes Baton Twirlers

Championship results for Marquettes Baton Twirlers:

Poppy Curtis - Poise – 2nd place, Solo Twirl – 4th place

Martha Landymore - Solo Twirl – 2nd place, Poise – 3rd place

Violette Cornish-Scott - Basic Strut – 2nd place

Lillian Cornish-Scott - Two Baton – 3rd place, Basic Strut – 4th place, Solo Twirl – 5th place, Dance Twirl – 5th place, Fancy Strut – 6th place

Nancy Burton - Solo Twirl – 2nd place, Dance Twirl – 2nd place, Poise – 3rd place, Two Baton – 4th place, Fancy Strut - 4th place

Layla-Anne Byford-Nichols - Solo Twirl – 6th place

Taya-Mai Elliott - Solo Twirl – 7th place, Fancy Strut – 4th place

Anzelina Lykova - Two Baton – 4th place

Mim Branston - Two Baton – 1st place

Anne-Marie O’Shea-Barnes - Two Baton – 3rd place, Dance Twirl – 6th place, Solo Twirl – 7th place, Fancy Strut – 7th place

Scarlette Burton - Two Baton – 1st place, Fancy Strut – 1st place, X-Strut – 1st place, Dance Twirl – 2nd place, Solo Twirl – 3rd place, Basic Strut – 4th place, Poise – 5th place

Results for duets:

Lillian Cornish-Scott and Nancy Burton - 3rd place

Taya-Mai Elliott and Anzelina Lykova - 4th place

Mim Branston and Ruby Meadows-Flint - 4th place

As well as dozens of medals, some team members earned a ‘No Drop’ recognition pin, awarded to athletes who have performed with no mistakes (or drops), something which they say can be difficult to obtain.

“Our results are a testament to our determined, ambitious, and enthusiastic athletes,” said coach Charlotte Cornish.

“As a club, we train three days a week, but many of our team members train every day, either at sports centres, local parks or their own homes and gardens.

“The effort and discipline put into training is impressive for such young people.

“We appreciate and applaud their dedication to our sport.”

During the May half term, four baton twirlers from the club will be attending the United Twirl England Twirlfest, a week-long training camp in Portsmouth with coaches from all over the world, including the current World Champion Savannah Miller (USA) to educate the athletes.

Another four will be travelling to the United Twirl England UK Open Competition, in Brentwood, Essex, on June 8 and 9 to compete against teams from the UK and Ireland.

Additionally, club member Scarlette Burton will be representing England at the European Twirling Cup in Porec, Croatia, in July.

Competing as a soloist in Freestyle, Solo Twirl and Two-Baton, she is competing as part of the Norfolk team that was selected to represent England.

To make donations to the club or sponsor Scarlette and the team, email marquettes@outlook.com or visit the club’s Facebook page here.

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