Pair twirling their way to Florida

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TWO teenagers with the same baton twirling group will be representing England in an international competition in the USA this summer.

Hannah Long, 19, and Georgia Bloom, of the Bury Starlets, were selected on Saturday for the Twirling International Cup in Jacksonville, Florida, in August.

The Starlets, who train at Hardwick Middle School in Bury St Edmunds, are run by Hannah’s mum Karen who said: “She’s been doing it since she was six or seven and this is her third year in international competitions.”

Georgia has been twirling for 10 years, having started with a Thetford club which folded. This will be her first international competition.

They have to train once a month with the England team, which usually means travelling to Sussex.

But their dedication is paying off. Both will compete in solo twirl, team, two baton and artistic pairs. In addition, Georgia will do the artistic solo and Hannah will be one of four English team members competing in the three baton class for the first time, keeping three batons moving at once.

Both say they are thrilled to be competing at that level, but they also need help with funding.

Karen said: “The cost falls on the parents mostly.”

Anyone who can help with sponsorship should contact Karen on 01284 704614.