This Saturday September 17, Mountmellick Baton Twirlers will celebrate their tenth birthday in a flurry of pom poms, airborne batons and enthusiastic dancing.
It's all to say thanks to the public for their support of the rapidly growing club, with public displays and refreshments in the Sports complex from 11.30 to 1.30.
“We're hoping to get lots of people, past and present member and their families as well as anyone else who wants to join us to come down,” said choreographer Nadine Millard.
Her sisters Leona Grey, an Irish Champion Baton Twirler, and Tracy Cousins, a former Team Ireland coach, formed the club when they all moved down from Dublin to Mountmellick.
“We were searching for something for our own children to do. We decided to take the plunge and open up on a Saturday morning in the Macra Hall. That day, fifty children registered to join and we were up and running,” said Leona.
They teach baton twirling, pom-pom and dance to children from Mountmellick and surrounding areas, with new members always welcome.
“There is always room for someone new and everyone is made to feel welcomed and part of the MBT family,” said Nadine.
Each May they host a national competition in Mountmellick, when 300 baton twirlers, their coaches and parents, descend on the town for two days of individual and team events.
They themselves train hard every Saturday morning in The Sports Complex, behind Mountmellick Community School, from September to June.
They take part in competitions held every year all around Ireland.
The club is also a popular feature in St Patrick’s Day Parades in Mountmellick and Portlaoise, and members are happy to perform at fun days, open days, charity events and at Mountmellick's Summerfest and Christmas Fair.
”We believe in training hard and having fun and the girls, plenty of whom are now in college and full time jobs, still get involved whenever they can. We feel that's a testament to how important the club is to its members and their families,” said Nadine.
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