Horsham baton twirling champions are juggling medals

Horsham's baton twirlers, the Bluebelles
Horsham's baton twirlers, the Bluebelles

AFTER competing in more than 75 events, a group of young performers from Horsham have been named top team in an international championship.

Competing against 300 athletes from England and Ireland the Bluebelles, a team of 24 baton twirlers won places in 63 solo events and 12 team events,

The girls made a holiday out of the four day international baton twirling championship which took place in the Littledown sports club in Bournemouth.

Championship sashes were won by Amy Wilson and Hannah Cousins and top twirler sashes were won by Lucy Martlew and Hannah Cousins.

Amy Wilson, 29, has been a member of the group for 20 years and is now looking to pass on the baton.

“My little girl is three and a half years old and I took her last week for her first training session and she really enjoyed it. So she’ll be taking over from me I think!”

The Horsham Bluebelles, who welcome anyone from the age of four, meet every Friday night at Forest school, in Comptons Lane, and there are three national competitions each year which they take part in.

Amy said: “I have no idea how many medals I have now. Anywhere up to a hundred!”

Hannah Munden, 24, has been in the team for 10 years and says she never plans to leave.

She said: “If you want to learn something that teaches you coordination coupled with grace and flexibility whilst making lifelong friends then this is for you.

“I am now 24 but not giving up anytime soon. You are never too old to be involved in the baton twirling world.”

For more information on how to join the Bluebelles contact Carol Wray on 01403 264662 or email the Bluebelles on horshambluebelles@hotmail.com