Airdrie Sky High Twirlers join international competition

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The Airdrie Sky High Twirlers will be twirling their best at an international competition this weekend.


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“We’re all about getting out in the community and showing off our sport,” said head coach Taelyr Patton, who has been involved with the club for over 12 years.

“Not a lot of people know what baton twirling is about, so we try to perform at community events like AirdrieFEST to get the word out.”

The club consists of approximately 60 athletes ranging in age from three to 19.

From January 17 to 19, the Airdrie Sky High Twirlers will join the competition in the 2020 World Baton Twirling Pan Pacific Cup held in Red Deer.

The international competition will feature over 200 athletes from Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

“There’s about 100 athletes from Canada, 60 from Alberta, and we’re sending 19 of our own,” said Patton.

“I just want our girls to put their best routines out on the floor and have fun. For some of them, this is their first international competition, so I want them to enjoy the experience.”

Many of the girls have been training up to seven days a week to prepare for the competition.

“They’re not just practicing twirling batons, but doing a lot of mental and physical training,” Patton said.

“It takes a lot of time, effort, and patience to get the routines down.”

Brooke Mauro, age 16, has been baton twirling for seven years and is eager to compete again.

She previously competed at the first Pan Pacific Cup in California in 2017, as well as two other international competitions in Croatia and France.

“I love that it’s such a unique sport that always has new challenges to work on,” she said.


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“I couldn’t find that amount of creativity in the other sports I’ve tried. I never get tired of it.”

For Madison Abar, age 16, this will be her first international competition, and she is eager to show off the unique sport.

“It’s really fun and unconventional,” she said.

“You don’t meet a ton of people who have done baton, and I’ve met a lot of great friends through it. I definitely think more people should get involved in baton. There’s a great sense of community and family between us.”

To prepare for the Pan Pacific Cup, the girls have been learning cheers together to build excitement for the competition.

“We have a cheer for every time a Canadian athlete comes out,” said Abar.

“I’m definitely nervous, but also really excited. My goal is to come off the floor feeling confident about the routine that I presented to the judges.”

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