Keynsham baton twirlers juggle rehearsing for world championships with fundraising

Published on: 06 Feb 2015

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Seven young members of a Keynsham baton twirling club have the chance to compete against the best in the world this Easter.

The Enchanté baton twirling team students have been selected to represent England in Italy from April 1-5 at the WFNBTA World Championships.

It will be the first time the youngsters have competed at this level, although it’s not the first time the club has appeared on the world stage.

Head coach Dana Weston has herself performed as part of the England squad alongside previous students and one Enchanté  member came fifth in the pre-teen 2 baton section at last year's championships.

Those selected to compete this year are Emilie Bayliss, Amelia Green, Bryony Prewett,  Ava Powell, Dilwyn Cushing, Harriette Cray and Caitlin Powell.

The team are now hard at work juggling training and fundraising for the trip, which will cost more than £9,000.

Dana said: “We have been fundraising since we found out. We held a show at Christmas where we did tea, coffee and cakes. We held three raffles at Christmas and raised £288.

“Last month we had a presentation evening where we charged for tickets and held another raffle, raising £666.10. It’s very difficult to balance fundraising and training time. My students are very dedicated and practice four to five times a week.”

Enchanté, which was founded 20 years ago, is based at Keynsham Leisure Centre and has 23 members ranging from five to 16 years old.

Dana said training also involves ballet lessons and flexibility conditioning and added: “Baton twirling is a skilled sport using a combination of dance and gymnastics with a baton.”

To find out more about Enchanté, contact Dana Weston at danamarieweston@gmail.com or call 07834 389524.

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