Baton Twirlers aiming for more national title success – and four win England call-up for European Cup event

Twirl-Versity members will be aiming to defend their titles when the 2022 National Baton Twirling Championships are held in Sussex this weekend.

By Simon Carter
Wednesday, 20th April 2022, 1:21 pm
Twirl-Versity Academy of Baton & Dance members at their Cowplain School base

Picture: Keith Woodland
Twirl-Versity Academy of Baton & Dance members at their Cowplain School base Picture: Keith Woodland

When the 2021 tournament was held at the K2 complex in Crawley last September, Twirl-Versity’s 26-girl squad claimed 21 national titles.

Two of the squad - Jessica Quarrington, 7, and Autumn Collins, 8, were declared overall national champions in their class.

A 42-strong squad return to Crawley this weekend with the Cowplain School-based Twirl-Versity club going from strength to strength.

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From left - Livvi Collins, 16, Mya Vaughan, 18, Molly Turner, 18. They have all been selected for the England squad for a European Cup tournament in Spain in July. Megan Burnett has also been chosen. Picture: Keith Woodland

In July, four members of the club will be travelling with the England squad to the 2022 European Cup in Blanes, Spain.

They are Livvi Collins, 16, Molly Turner, 18, Megan Burnett, 23, and Mya Vaughan, 18.

It will be the second international tournament for Livvi and Megan, who represented England in an event in France three years ago.

The Twirl-Versity club was only founded in 2019, with just three girls in the beginning.

Twirl-Versity Academy of Baton & Dance members practice at Cowplain School. Picture: Keith Woodland

Club Director Sarah Collins is helped by three coaches who have all represented England - Jessica Whitbourn, Sammy Mcguire and Kayleigh Smith.

Livvi Collins, meanwhile, was last month honoured with an ‘Inspirational Young Woman in Sport’ award. Nominated by an anonymous member of the public, she subsequently attended the ‘Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards’, organised by Pamodzi Creatives, at the Royal Maritime Hotel in Old Portsmouth.

Livvi received a grant of £200 from The Claire Marsh Fund to help fund her baton twirling.

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Jessica Quarrington, 7, and Autumn Collins, 8 (wearing red sashes in the front row) were Twirl-Versity's two overall national champions at last September's event in Crawley. The squad that competed are shown with all their trophies.
Twirl-Versity member and England international Livvi Collins with her 'Inspirational Young Woman in Sport’ award.