Pom pom princesses twirl their way to the top

Banbury Cross Twirlers
Banbury Cross Twirlers

Young gymnasts from Banbury are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the competitive world of baton twirling.

Banbury Cross Twirlers, aged four to 18, scored a clean sweep in team events at a regional tournament held in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

Twirling is a combination of dance and gymnastics that requires skill, fitness and timing.

The girls’ recent triumph followed national and regional successes earlier this year.

In the regional tournament, organised by Region 10 of the British Baton Twirling Sports Association, the Banbury girls took first place in all team events, pairs, and fancy pom-pom singles categories.

The team scooped first prize in the Twirl Challenge, Pre-Juvenile Dance, Juvenile Dance, Freestyle Team, and Juvenile Pom-Poms classes.

In the pairs, Millie Trinder and Iris Duarte took gold in the Juvenile Duo class (up to age 11), and Anya Buzzard with Kyra Cotter won the Pre-Juvenile Duo section (up to age eight).

Kyra Cotter came first in the Tiny Tots Fancy Pom-Poms (up to age seven), and Rita Duarte came fifth.

Coach Nichola Halford said: “The girls worked really hard over the summer holidays getting their routines ready for this competition and they deserved their success.

“Banbury Cross Twirlers are making a name for themselves in twirling competitions.

“Baton twirling is a unique sport that incorporates dance, pom poms, gymnastics and baton. We encourage children aged four years upwards to come along, participate, develop their skills, make friends and have fun.”

Banbury Cross Twirlers train at 6pm every Monday and Wednesday at Ruscote Community Hall. For more information, call 01295 261074.