Fourteen members of a local baton twirling team are British Champions.
The team from Dardas Diamonds, which trains in the town’s Exit Centre, competed in the UK Championships last weekend.
The youngsters enjoyed a very successful weekend at the competition.
In the individual events, Jamie Glover (7) achieved National Champion in the poise and personality event in the juvenile section.
Maia Maclennan (11) achieved National Champion in the prestigious two baton event and is also the junior National Champion in the poise and personality event.
Louise Coleman (17) won the three baton event for the third year running.
In three team events, in which all 14 competed, the Diamonds were the Champions.
Alanna Dardas, the team coach, told the Gazette that in addition to the three national championships, the team secured 17 top three places and 40 top seven places.
She said: “The team is going from strength to strength and, overall, sees improving results with every competition.
“The team works exceedingly hard and the girls deserve the success that is coming their way.
“The three baton event is a developing event, but will hopefully become a national event in the near future, Maia MacLennan performed in seven events throughout the entire competition without a baton drop, which is a huge achievement especially at the National Championships.”
The Dardas Diamonds are having a ‘Showtime’ event at the Michael Woods Sports Centre this Sunday at 11.00 a.m.
It’s a great opportunity for all those who haven’t seen expert baton twirling to come and see the skill displayed, as well as being able to join in the fun.
The team that competed in the championships are Amy Swinley; Erin Dixon; Chloe Fairgrieve; Samantha Drummond; Chantal Obro; Megan Cameron; Abbie Donald; Aimee Georgeson; Jamie Glover; Maia McLennan; Nicole Shields; Molly Dempsey; Jane Obro and Louise Coleman.