Marquettes’ national success. From left: Charlotte Davies, Scarlette Burton, Grace Meadows-Flint, Anne-Marie Mussard and Caitlin Tabor.

BATON TWIRLING: Marquettes Baton Twirlers achieved fantastic British Baton Twirling Sports Association National Championship results. 

Despite being up against teams from far bigger towns and cities and fielding only five athletes, the Downham Market side returned with a National Championship title and 12 additional placings.

Marquettes were selected to compete as part of the English national Unify team, which finished second in the senior novice twirl challenge team event, with Scarlette Burton and Grace Meadows-Flint first in the twirl challenge duo section.

The club’s junior freestyle team was fifth to bring another trophy home to Downham.

Individually the teammates, aged 10 to 16, beat off stiff competition from around Britain to all reach the top 12 of their age and skill categories.

Anne-Marie Mussard was a juvenile beginner finalist, position matched by Grace Meadows-Flint, who was also national champion for two baton and fourth duo.

Caitlin Tabor was a senior beginner finalist, fifth in both the two baton and dance twirl sections and sixth fancy strut.

Scarlette Burton was a junior novice finalist, fourth in the duo and two baton sections and sixth in the solo twirl, dance twirl and fancy strut.

Charlotte Davies was a senior intermediate finalist and came sixth in the dance twirl.

Delighted team coach Charlotte Cornish said: “The fact that all our athletes made their final rounds of the competition means they will be ranked in the top 12 twirlers, for their age and skill section, in Great Britain.

“There were many teams who left without a single award, so for a little club from a little town to achieve this many placings is testament to how hard the Marquettes athletes train.

“The dedication and commitment they put in shows in the awards gained. We are immensely proud of the team.”

The Marquettes are holding a bingo evening at Downham Town Hall on May 25, 7.30pm, to raise funds for Burton’s England debut.