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Super Horsham Bluebelles lead the field in Dublin !

Congratulations to the much-travelled and highly successful Horsham Bluebelles Baton Twirlers ! They have just returned from the International Baton Twirlers Association Championships in Dublin, weighed down with a fantastic array of cups and medals. Their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, paid dividends for the outstanding competitors yet again, Corp Director Carol Wray prepared the many sequinned-based team costumes, telling the District Post: “Before the competition the team trained three times a week with their teachers and coaches ensuring that they were completely ready and 15 girls, supported by their families, departed a wet Gatwick to attend the competition held over three long days at the King’s Hospital School, taking on Twirlers from across the Republic of Ireland and England.   Over the Irish Bank Holiday, they competed in this unique sport combining dance, agility and co-ordination, coupled with grace and flexibility, with solo events including marching, struts, and dance twirls – along with team events with both the baton and pom-poms, and the difficult Marching and Manoeuvring (M&M) performed with umbrellas.  During the competition the team scooped a truly incredible 57 solo awards and first placings in an amazing 10 out of their additional 11 team events!”                                                                                                 The team also brought back the Juvenile Top Twirler sash for competitors up to age 9, won by Horsham Bluebelles’ Isabel Jones with Lucy Martlew carrying off the T-strut Championship sash.                                                                                                                                                        Such is the dedication of the team that even though they were so very successful in Dublin, as soon as they had returned to Horsham, they were straight back on the training court to prepare for the IBTA Winter Championships in Havant at the end of this month.                                       The Horsham Bluebelles Club was created in 1984 and thrives with membership ranging from three year olds through to adults. The Juniors (girs and boys) train at Forest Boys School on a Friday evening, with the Teens and Seniors training on Wednesday evenings, Carol Wray summing up saying: “We are always looking for new members so why not pop along to Forest School gym – you’ll be sure of a good welcome! There is additional information about joining on our Horsham Bluebelles Baton Twirlers Facebook page, or please just e-mail: horshambluebelles@hotmail.com” – Carol Wray (Corp Director, Horsham Bluebelles – (01403) 264662

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