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World's elite baton twirlers in Kissimmee for World Baton Twirling Championships( Tue, Jul 31 00:07:AM)



The best sport baton twirlers from around the globe will demonstrate amazing athleticism and artistry during the 34th World Baton Twirling Championships, August 2-5, 2018, at the Osceola Heritage Park Silver Spurs Arena.
Nearly 200 of the world’s elite baton twirlers, representing 15 countries including the United
States, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the twirling equivalent of the Olympic Games. The competition is sanctioned by the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) and hosted by the United States Twirling Association (USTA).

“The World Baton Twirling Championships are the pinnacle of international athletic competition for the world’s elite baton twirlers,” said WBTF President Sandi Wiemers. “These gifted athletes train with the dedication and determination of Olympians. Their performances are marked by remarkable athletic ability and breathtaking beauty.”

Athletes competing in the 34th World Baton Twirling Championships range in age from 12 to adult and will compete in men’s and women’s individual Freestyle, Freestyle Pair and Freestyle Team. The competition schedule is available at

The World Baton Twirling Championships are the premier event in the sport of baton twirling. Held biannually on even-numbered years, the World Championships have only been held in the U.S. five times: Seattle, Wash. in 1980; San Antonio, Texas in 1990; Honolulu, Hawaii in 1997; Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1999; and St. Paul, Minn. in 2005. Kissimmee was selected as the site of the 2018 Championships because of the quality competition facility and local support from the Central Florida Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Foundation and Osceola County.

“The Central Florida Sports Commission was instrumental in bringing this event to Kissimmee with its offer of a world class venue in the Osceola Heritage Park Silver Spurs Arena and overall assistance with pre-event planning, volunteer recruitment and management, transportation and lodging, hospitality and discount tickets to area attractions,” Wiemers said. “We felt that CFSC would be a valuable, long-term partner to help the WBTF and USTA execute a successful World Championships.”

“USTA is thrilled to host the World Championships in Kissimmee,” said USTA President Karen Cammer. “We are looking forward to showing the world what Florida has to offer our athletes, their coaches and families and their international contingents. We’re also excited to show Florida sports fans what sport baton
twirling is all about.”

Single-day and four-day tickets for the World Baton Twirling Championships are available through Ticketmaster at

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