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Getting to know USTA Professional member Kristine Anderson( Tue, Jun 8 00:06:AM)

“Getting to know you……… getting to know all about you.”

Kristine Anderson is a former elite twirler and current Professional member from Florida. She recently talked with USTA's Inside Loop about making the transition from competitor to adjudicator. Here's what she had to say: 

Inside Loop: As an accomplished athlete in our sport and now a USTA Professional, what was it like making the transition from twirler to judge?

Anderson: As an athlete I had always been curious what it was like to be on the other side of the table. On occasion, when I wasn’t competing, I would pretend to be a judge and score from the stands. I was shocked! My scores were very similar to the scoring judges. I soon developed a passion for scoring and I was hooked. I knew I was going to become a USTA judge. It was the best decision I’ve made as a baton twirler. It has taken me on a different path in the baton twirling world. As an experienced athlete, I have developed many skills and accomplished many goals. Not just through long and tedious practices, private lessons and long competitions. I capitalized on the valuable feedback and experience from knowledgeable judges who critiqued my performances. As a judge, I feel nostalgic when I walk into the gym. I see young twirlers doing their run throughs, warmups, or handing out good luck gifts. But what I find so rewarding, is when I see athletes have applied my judging critique to improve their skills, very much the way I did when I prepared myself to stand on the ready line back in the day.

Inside Loop: What do you feel is the most valuable benefit of being a USTA Professional?

Anderson: The opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience to younger athletes, coaches and parents. While teaching clinics I share my twirling experiences and wisdom with eager twirlers. I emphasize with twirlers, coaches and parents to be a successful twirler, you must first focus on the fundamentals of baton twirling. Once the foundation is set, you can move onto difficult tricks and elaborate routines. I am passionate when it comes to growth and development in baton twirlers. The importance of being fun and personable when encountering eager young athletes is an opportunity every USTA Professional will benefit from.

Inside Loop: Please tell us 3 things that the twirling world probably doesn’t know about you.

Anderson: I am a huge (EDM) Electronic Dance Music fan!
I am currently in school working to pursue a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
I’ve taken up a new hobby in action photography, specifically surfing.