2009 International Cup

Laura Hales

Coach: 
Myra Kirk

International Cup 2009

  • Adult A Solo
  • Adult Elite 2-Baton
  • Adult A Freestyle

 

Megan Priel

Birthdate: 
Fri, 1992-01-31
Hometown: 
Saskatoon, SK
Club: 
Saskatoon Myracles Inc.
Coach: 
Cindy LaBrash

2011 International Cup

  • Elite 3-Baton
  • B Team

2009 International Cup

  • Senior A  Solo
  • Senior Elite 2-Baton
  • Senior Elite 3-Baton
  • Senior A Short Program
  • Senior A Freestyle

 

Megan is a first year student at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. This is my 15th year twirling baton and my 6th year competing at an international level. I have received the Junior Challenge Cup twice and two silver medals at International Cup competitions, one in 2005 and another in 2009.

Danielle Priel

Birthdate: 
Fri, 1990-01-26
Hometown: 
Saskatoon, SK
Club: 
Saskatoon Myracles Inc.
Coach: 
Cindy LaBrash and Myra Kirk

2011 International Cup

  • Elite Solo
  • Elite 2-Baton
  • Elite Artistic Twirl
  • B Team

2010 World Championships

  • Senior Freestyle

2009 International Cup

  • Senior Elite Solo
  • Senior Elite 2-Baton
  • Senior Elite Short Program
  • Senior Elite Freestyle

I was introduced to the amazing sport of baton twirling by by babysitter's daughter. When I was 4 years old, I started twirling with the Saskatoon Myracles Inc. My parents first put me in a 8 week introductory program, then registered me with the club in the fall. There were times when I said, "I can't do this", especially working on my finger twirls and two-hand spins. But something about it made me want to come back year after year.

In my 16 years of twirling, I have attended 4 World Championships and 5 International Cup Competitions:

  • Osaka, Japan 2004: Junior Women Freestyle (placed 16th)
  • St. Paul, U.S.A 2005: International Cup (IC) Solo (placed 2nd), 2-baton
  • Rome, Italy 2006: Junior Women Freestyle (placed 15th), IC Solo, 2-baton, 3-baton
  • Hamilton, Canada 2007: Senior Women Freestyle (placed 8th), IC Solo, 2-baton, 3-baton
  • Limerick, Ireland 2008: Alternate Senior Women Freestyle, IC Solo, 2-baton, 3-baton
  • Sydney, Australia 2009: IC Senior Women Freestyle, Short Program, Solo, 2-baton

And I am very excited to represent Canada at the 30th World Baton Twirling Championships in Bergen, Norway as a Senior Women Freestylist!

There are a number of reasons why I twirl baton. People often ask, "why do you twirl baton? Why not any other sport like dance, gymnastics, swimming, skating, etc.?" And my answer is...I love to twirl because of the travel opportunities, friendships, physical activity, the life lessons, and it's creativity. One can travel to places that they never even thought possible and experience different cultures. You meet and make friends every year. It's great to be friends with your competitors and other athletes that love the same sport that you do. We wish each other good luck and always share a few laughs thoughout the year.

Baton keeps me physically and mentally healthy. It is not only physically demanding for the entire body, but mentally challenging and rewarding at the same time. Baton is a great way to take your mind off other things in life, whether it be school, work, relationships, etc. I feel it clears my mind and makes me feel more energized. For the challenging part...nerves and some times I think about the what-ifs. It takes alot of experience to control your own thoughts. One thing my coaches have taught me is to "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF" and don't worry about anything else. I have to "THINK POSITIVE" and "JUST DO IT". Even though baton is a competitively judged sport, it is important to remember to go out on the floor and perform for only yourself.

Things you learn in baton are not only used in the sport, but many can be applied to everyday situations. Every year, I develop and build new skills, and I learn something new about myself. Baton has built my self-confidence in whatever I do. I use these skills in exams at school, projects, relationships with family and friends, and other situations that bring change to my life. As twirlers, our first instinct is to catch when a baton is coming towards us and adjust quickly in routines.

I not only compete individually, but in routines and in the pairs event with my sister. There are times when we don't get along, but for the most part we are like best friends and love twirling together.

Baton is a unique sport because it combines dance and gymnastics, and we add a difficult element to them to make it more entertaining. I really enjoy dancing, tumbling in gymnastics, and performing my talent for other people to enjoy. At times I start to make up my own combinations or tricks. One thing about baton, you can create any type of character. Each person is unique and the routines and tricks are entertaining to watch and lots of fun creating them. My favorite trick is a one spin double reverse illusion beacuse I love the feeling when I catch it. I love doing contact sections too because I like twirling fast; flipping, catching it any which way. Once you get a baton in my hand, it's hard not to twirl it.

Other than baton I enjoy long distance running, sketching/drawing, reading, and spending time with my family and friends. I am a 3rd year university student majoring in Accounting at Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.

It's great to see the sport growing.  I enjoy seeing new twirlers come into the sport and giving it a try. I've taught at the recreational level for 4 years. I like helping them learn the basic twirls and choreographing short group routines. As a coach great seeing your athletes improve to higher levels. It's a feeling of accomplishment and pride in saying that you helped them get there. I think anyone can do baton and you don't have to have be the greatest at co-ordination.  A quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes, "What lies before us are little matters compared to what lies within us". And one of my coach's favorites quotes, "Shoot for the moon...even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."My motto is to "believe in yourself, and anything is possible." You can do anything you want, if you put your mind to it.

National

  • 2010 CBTF Scholarship Recipient
  • 2010 SBTA Athletes' Representative
  • 2010 Canadian Team Trials, Senior Freestyle: Silver Medallist
  • 2009 Canadian Championships, SoloDance: Grand National Champion
  • 2008 Canadian Championships, Medley: Grand National Champion

International

  • 2007 World Championships, Senior Freestyle: 8th place

Sydney Wright

Birthdate: 
Fri, 1996-07-12
Hometown: 
Regina, Saskatchewan
Club: 
Sundown Optimist Buffalo Gals
Coach: 
Maureen Johnson

2012 World Championships

  • Junior Freestyle

2011 International Cup

  • A Solo
  • Elite 2-Baton
  • A Artistic Twirl
  • A Artistic Pairs
  • A Team
  • A Group

2009 International Cup

  • Junior B Solo
  • Junior B 2-Baton
  • Junior B Compulsories
  • Junior B Freestyle

Sydney was introduced to baton twirling when she was seven by her cousin. This is her seventh year twirling with SOBG and she is looking forward to working toward the 2012 World Championships next year.

What Sydney enjoys most about being in baton twirling is working with and competing with her team mates, and the traveling opportunities that come along with competing.

Provincial

  • 2011 SK Provincial Championships, A 12-14 SoloDance: 1st place
  • 2011 SK Provincial Championships, A 12-, 2-Baton: 1st place
  • 2010 SK Provincial Championships, A Medley 12-14: 1st place

National

  • 2010 Canadian Championships, BI Solo 12-14: 1st place

International

  • 2009 International Cup, Junior B Compulsories: 2nd place

Jennifer Francis

Coach: 
Lori Lucas

International Cup 2009

  • Senior A Solo
  • Senior B 2-Baton
  • Senior B 3-Baton
  • Senior A Freestyle
  • Senior A Pair

Jacqueline Francis

Coach: 
Lori Lucas

International Cup 2009

  • Senior A Solo
  • Senior B 2-Baton
  • Senior B 3-Baton
  • Senior A Freestyle
  • Senior A Pair

Natalie Pierno

Club: 
FUSION
Coach: 
JoAnne Manson

International Cup 2009

  • Junior B Solo
  • Junior B 2-Baton
  • Junior B Compulsories
  • Junior B Freestyle
  • Junior B Pair

 

Zoë Bell

Birthdate: 
Fri, 1995-05-19
Hometown: 
Airdrie, Alberta
Club: 
Airdrie Sky High Twirlers
Coach: 
Loren Dermody

International Cup 2011

  • A Solo
  • B 2-Baton
  • B 3-Baton
  • A Artistic Twirl
  • A Artistic Pairs
  • A Team

International Cup 2009

  • Junior B Solo
  • Junior B 2-Baton
  • Junior B 3-Baton
  • Junior B Compulsories
  • Junior B Freestyle
  • Junior B Pair
  • B Team

Zoë began her baton career at the age of six with her best friend Sarah Schulz under the instruction of Miss Mandy. She came into our school to introduce the sport and we have been hooked ever since.

Sarah and Zoë are still to this day best friends and twirl, dance, and attend French Immersion at school together. All this leaves their schedule quite busy, but they are doing what they love most. Zoë also loves to travel and the sport of baton twirling has given her the opportunity to travel to various provinces in Canada and also to Twirl Mania in the United States and to the International Cup in Australia.

Zoë has had various different coaches; Mandy Yip, Kendra Masters, Stacey Singer, Jill Ford, Lucinda McMaster, and her current coach Loren Dermody. They have shared their love of the sport and helped her to become the twirler she is today.

Zoë is so thankful for what baton has done for her life and for all of the great people through the years many of which have impacted her life.

International

  • 2009 International Cup, Junior B Pair: 1st place
  • 2009 International Cup, B Team: 1st place

National

  • 2011 Canadian IC Qualifier, Junior A Solo: 1st place
  • 2010 Canadian Team Trials, Junior A Pair: 2nd place

Provincial

  • 2011 Alberta Provincial Championships, Junior A Small Group: 1st place

Sarah Schulz

Birthdate: 
Tue, 1995-09-26
Hometown: 
Airdrie, Alberta
Club: 
Airdrie Sky High Twirlers
Coach: 
Loren Dermody

2011 International Cup

  • A Solo
  • B 2-Baton
  • B 3-Baton
  • A Artistic Twirl
  • A Artistic Pairs
  • A Team

2009 International Cup

  • Junior B Solo
  • Junior B 2-Baton
  • Junior B 3-Baton
  • Junior B Compulsories
  • Junior B Freestyle
  • Junior B Pair
  • B Team

Sarah started twirling with her best friend Zoë Bell when she was six years old, and they have been pair partners for six years. Sarah has been dancing for nine years and enjoys taking ballet, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, tap and acro. She also played the piano for eleven years and is in the band at school. Sarah is currently finishing grade ten as a french immersion student.

Her baton twirling career has taken her all over the country and also Sydney, Australia.

"Baton has made a big impact on my life with the friends I've made, the accomplishments I've achieved, and the memories I've created."

Provincial

  • Alberta Provincial Championships, BI 3-Baton Winner
  • Alberta Provincial Championships, A Small Group - Gold Medallist

National

  • 2010 World Championships Qualifier, Jr. A Pairs - 2nd place

International

  • 2009 International Cup (Sydney, Australia), B Team - Gold Medallist
  • 2009 International Cup (Sydney, Australia), Jr. B Pairs - Gold Medallist

Jenna Jemieff

Hometown: 
Calgary, AB
Coach: 
Loren Dermody

2012 World Championships

  • Team

2010 World Championships

  • Team

2009 International Cup

  • Senior Elite Solo
  • Senior Elite 2-Baton
  • Senior Elite 3-Baton
  • Senior Elite Short Program
  • Senior Elite Freestyle