Team USA to be selected in Shelbyville, IN – March 28-29, 2014

For Immediate Release: February 25, 2014

Rachael Ackley, Executive Director
Shelby County Tourism & Visitor’s Bureau and Blue River Sports Authority 501 North Harrison Street
Shelbyville, Indiana 46176

Team USA to be selected in Shelbyville

Shelbyville High School site of U. S. Trials of Baton Twirling featuring the nation’s best baton twirlers

Shelbyville, IN – Demonstrating speed, stamina and athletic artistry, 36 of the nation’s top twirlers will compete for a coveted spot on Team USA during the prestigious U.S. Trials of Baton Twirling, to be held Fri. and Sat., March 28 and 29, at Shelbyville High School’s Garrett Gym, 2003 S. Miller Street, in Shelbyville. The winners will represent the United States in the twirling equivalent of the Olympic Games; the 2014 World Baton Twirling Championships, which will be held in Nottingham, England, August 4-10, 2014.

The athletes competing in the U.S. Trials hail from 11 states and range in age from 12 to adult. They will compete in men’s and women’s individual events, as well as pairs and team events. Among the competitors are several current and former national and world champions, including Jenny Hannah of Hixon, TN, Jennifer Marcus of Miami, FL, Karrissa Wimberley of Tallahassee, FL, and Jonathan Burkin of Clyde, OH. Two Indiana athletes are also competing; Adaline Bebo of Carmel and Brianna Bolinger of Markle.

“This is sport baton twirling at its very best,” said John Chamberlain, president of the United States Twirling Association (USTA), which is hosting the U.S. Trials. “These are elite athletes who train like Olympians and demonstrate a multitude of athletic skills – from the speed of a sprinter, to the stamina of a distance runner, to the artistry and agility of both figure skaters and gymnasts. They spend countless hours in training to earn the opportunity to represent their country in the World Baton Twirling Championships.”

The U.S. Trials Twirling Competition is free and open to the public. For more information about the U.S. Trials and the sport of baton twirling, visit


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