|Baton Twirling is
a growing sport for individuals and groups. Girls and boys can participate from
recreational level through to world level. By following an Internationally recognised
grading structure, athletes can learn to perform difficult technical body moves while
executing intricate baton skills. Baton Twirling is a thrilling sport for athletes and
audiences alike. Routines are artistically choreographed and technically constructed
involving intricate timing and precision resulting in enthralling performances.
Twirling builds confidence, self-discipline
and develops motivational skills.
Twirling contributes to
physical fitness, endurance, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility and hand-eye
Twirling develops mental skills,
concentration, memory and the ability to make quick decisions for recoveries. Baton
Twirlers are exposed to a variety of learning styles , increasing their perceptiveness as
well as developing social skills.
Twirling develops team spirit, co-operation,
responsibility and an appreciation of their role as part of a group.
Twirling offers opportunity to travel and
compete in Scotland and abroad. In April this year (2002) athletes from NBTA Scotland
traveled to Jersey to compete in the European Championships. In July, SFBT sent athletes
to France to compete in CETB European baton twirling championships and in August, SBTA
athletes represented Scotland in the WBTF World Championships in Canada. More information
on these events can be found on the French and Canadian websites. Videos of these events
can be obtained from twirlscotland.