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Hard work paid off for a team of young Banbury gymnasts as they scooped gold, silver and bronze trophies at a regional team twirling competition.
Banbury Cross Twirlers – aged from five to 19 – competed in the East Midlands Championships at Lutterworth, Leics, on Sunday 24 September 2017.
Twirling is an energetic combination of gymnastics and dance performed while twirling batons and pom poms. It is a growing sport around the world.
Banbury Cross Twirlers are members of the British Baton Twirling Sports Association and compete in competitions in this country and abroad.
The girls’ parents kept up the weekend’s good work. They entered the Adult Pom Pom section and collected the gold medal. They dressed as the Village People and danced to the group’s 1979 hit song YMCA.
Layla Brian and Millie Trinder came first in the Duo Junior Section One; and Kyra Cotter with Katy Rayner won the Duo Juvenile Section Two.
Georgia Williams-Parker and Tammi McFadden finished second in Duo Senior Class; and Rita Duarte won bronze in the Tiny Tots Fancy Poms (under seven) category.
Kyra Cotter, Shannon Palmer, and Anya Buzzard won gold, silver and bronze in the Juvenile 1 (age 8-9) section; and Iris Duarte came 2nd, Layla Brain 4th, Katy Rayner 5th, and Gracie Williams-Parker 7th in Juvenile 2 (age 10-11) class.
Millie Trinder picked up bronze in the Junior 1 (age 12-13) competition.
In the team events Banbury won the Juvenile Twirl Challenge, Senior Twirl Challenge, Juvenile Dance Team, Junior Dance Team, Juvenile Pom Pom Group, Junior Pom Pom Team and the Freestyle Team.
The Freestyle team also won a Special Award for their performance
“The girls have been working on these routines throughout the summer holidays and their hard work paid off at the competition. There were great performances from everyone and there is a fantastic team spirit in the whole group.”
“New members are welcome, and we train every Monday at Ruscote Hall at 6pm and every Wednesday at North Oxfordshire Academy at 6pm. We take children aged four years upwards.”
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