I have been in the sport of baton twirling for over 28 years. I had a competitive twirling career prior my qualification as a level 1 BBTSA coach in 1997. I have coached athletes who have been successful in local competitions, BBTSA Individual/Team National Championships and the British Open. Prior to forming Artistic Twirlers I had many years experience as a role as club director/coach within another club. I work as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school. I have a daughter, Olivia and she is also a member of the club.
I am a coach at Artistic Twirlers and have been twirling for about 20 years. During that time I have been to many local and national competitions and have been part of a National Champion team as well as been placed top 7 in the nation individually. At 18 I got my BBTSA level 2 coaching qualification and have been teaching teams and individuals for local and national competitions since. In 2017 I also became a Qualified Judge for the BBTSA and have started judging various competitions across the country. Outside of twirling I have a Batchelor Honour's Degree in Biomedical Science and work in a local primary school. My passion is teaching children of all ages new skills and helping them to achieve their goals.
I started twirling when I was three, and have competed as an individual and part of a team at National level, achieving 3 National titles and many team accolades. I’ve been a BBTSA Level 1 coach for 15 years and a qualified judge for 10. I’ve had the opportunity to work with local groups as well as our successful National Squad and Development Group. I also work on the National Executive Committee for the association, helping to organise our National competitions and events. In 2014 I was part of organising committee for the World Championships held in Nottingham. Twirling has given me some fantastic opportunities travelling to many places with the National Team, building friendships across the World as well as some of the best memories. Teaching is very rewarding; to see kids building skills in performance, communication, teamwork and gaining confidence to perform, dealing with nerves and reaching their goals is why I love twirling.
Fifeen years ago I took my daughter to a fete in Queenborough where we saw a baton twirling display and my eldest asked if she could do that. A year later, my younger daughter went to watch a competition and decided she too would like to baton twirl. Soon after I offered to help out with book keeping as the previous person was no longer able to do it and that was that! I have been involved with fund raising and grant applications with the previous club and have go to know Angie well during my time with them. Both my girls enjoyed many years of competing nationally and as team members and I have been alongside them every step of the the way. I am proud to say that my eldest Joanne is a coach with Artistic Twirlers and also a BBTSA Judge. I look forward to seeing alll the new members coming through and enjoying themselves as much as my children have.
Emma does a fantastic job and her responsibility is to help and support the club in raising funds for all the members. Emma, with the support from our parents will hold raffles, tombolas and stalls at local events. Emma is a parent to Summer who is a student within our club and also helps to assist our classes.