Phoenix take International Stage by stormJuly 21, 2016 ADMIN 0
With guts and determination local athletes Edel Cooke and Nicole McHugh, from Phoenix baton twirlers packed their bags to participate for Ireland at the European Club Championships in France. After months of meticulous intensive training and years of hard work our girls were ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in Europe.
With beating hearts and batons in hand, Ireland took to the floor, the silence in the crowd adding to the tension of the moment, for the next 3 minutes and 30 seconds Ireland would take the crowd on an emotional roller-coaster bringing them on a journey of highs and lows. Pulling on their heart strings with beautifully timed catches, tricks and formations, culminating in a mix of walk overs and juggles till they had the crowd standing on their feet, clapping in unison for our athletes.
It was a tight battle with Ireland lying 5th after the semis ahead of Germany but behind our nemesis England, could we beat them in the final? Then the whisper from judge’s review suggested there was a change about to be announced. Ireland would move to 4th ahead of the England, the Irish camp went wild.
So finals fast approached and the nerves began to show, batons slipped from once secure hands and tempers began to flare. But as heads began to bow and self-doubt began to creep in, team spirit grew. The squad pulled together, the glances of reassurance to each other, the nod of confidence in warm up, “we are in this together, and nothing is going to stop us”. The heads came up; the shoulders brought back, Ireland stood tall to show itself on the International stage.
38 athletes started this journey, 5 clubs from across Ireland shared this vision. 28 athletes made it to the European Cup. The biggest Squad Ireland has ever sent and boy did they do us proud. 16 Finalists, 4 Semi-finalist and a show of strength from the remainder of the squad which made the twirling world sit up and take note. Ireland is here to compete not just to participate.
Fast dynamic and exciting, that’s baton twirling and you can be part of it too. Join Phoenix Baton twirlers and start your journey to the World stage.