Four Carmarthenshire based ‘baton twirlers’ have returned from Lillehammer in Norway after representing Wales in the 2018 World Championships.
The National Baton Twirling Association of Wales was formed earlier this year in order to address a lack of representation at international events and competitions. It’s objectives are to further the development of Baton Twirling as a Sport throughout Wales, to increase participation in the sport around Wales and to ensure that Wales is represented internationally.
The first Welsh Championships were also held in Kidwelly on 1st October, 2017 and were a resounding success. Following a selection process a team of 4 girls were selected to represent Wales at the World Baton Twirling Championships in Norway in 2018. The girls needed funding to to cover the trip, the purchase of a Welsh kit and also to pay for training sessions. It was a mammoth task trying to raise £1,400 each.
With the help of local businesses like Gomer Williams Solicitors the girls got to Norway and competed. The girls also had help via crowd funding and just giving pages.
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Posted by World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations on Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Baton twirling was founded in Western Europe and Asia. It has developed throughout the world with 25 countries actively competing. It was the first time a Welsh team has competed at the World Championships.
Gomer Williams Solicitors in Llanelli was one of the first businesses to come forward and donated £100 to the fund for the four girls.