A troupe of baton twirlers from Norwich are celebrating a successful weekend – after scooping five titles at the sport’s national championships.

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The Angel Baton Twirlers, who are based in Sprowston, travelled to Crawley on Thursday for the four-day event.

Sophie Chittock, 18, and Olivia Cook, 14, were both double national champions, winning two titles in the senior plus category for solo twirl and dance twirl – and fellow athlete Shana-Jade Holt, 17, became national champion in the same category for poise and personality.

Club leader Ann Cullum said the whole club had a successful weekend, winning trophies and medals – but the national titles were the “icing on the cake” after months of training.

“The national sashes are what the girls dream of,” she said. “For Sophie and Olivia to win two and Shana to win one has made their dreams come true.”

The club, which has about 60 members in a beginner and a main class, is now looking forward to attending the world championships, which are being held in Nottingham in August. Club member Amy Wheeler-Smith will be representing the UK at the event, which will draw athletes and spectators from across the world.

“It’s an exciting, complex sport,” said Mrs Cullum.

“It’s big in the USA, Japan, France and Italy – but still not that well-known in this country. To have the world championships here is great.”

Any businesses that would like to sponsor the world championships, or people who would like tickets to watch the event, should contact Mrs Cullum on 07884 408414 or email ann.cullumbbtsa@hotmail.co.uk

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