Teens’ twirling success overseas

Two baton twirlers who will be representing England in the USA'l-r Hannah Long and Georgia Bloom. Preferable in action. Hannah can twirl 3 batons at once, Georgia can do 2.
Two baton twirlers who will be representing England in the USA'l-r Hannah Long and Georgia Bloom. Preferable in action. Hannah can twirl 3 batons at once, Georgia can do 2.

TWO teenage baton twirlers from Bury St Edmunds have had a taste of stardom after taking part in an international competition.

Hannah Long, 19, and 14-year-old Georgia Bloom, both of the Bury Starlets, represented England at the World Baton Twirling Federation 2011 International Cup in Florida at the beginning of August.

The girls came ninth in the artistic pairs event and the UK New Generation team came seventh in the team final.

The girls also performed well in the two baton, artistic solo and solo events.

Hannah, whose mum Karen runs the Starlets, was the first of the UK team to compete in the three baton event, which has only come to England in the last year. She was also thrilled to be able to carry the flag in the competition opening ceremony.

“To go and compete for England was really great. It is nerve racking but at the end of the day we did our best for England,” said Hannah.

Hannah has been twirling since she was six and has spent three years competing at international level, and Georgia has been involved with the sport for 10 years.

Karen said: “The team did absolutely amazing. There were quite a lot of strong teams there, so they did fantastically well.”

The girls are now preparing for national UK competitions in October.