Newcastle's Rising Starz Baton Twirlers set to take on regional titles at Gwandalan

NEWCASTLE'S only competitive baton-twirling team is flying solo this year for the whole nation to see.

The Rising Starz Baton Twirlers started out six years ago as part of coach Kimberly Swift's Belmont dance studio, Rising Starz Performing Arts.

With 20 members ranging from age four to 21, Swift decided to take her team to the next level this year and train them separately to the dancers.

Baton twirling is a high-energy combination of gymnastics, dance and aerobics.

The Rising Starz Baton Twirlers have a number of titles to their name.

Last year the team placed first at state level and second at nationals in the large junior team division.

Sarah Coleman and Lucy Montgomery also took home second-place trophies in individual categories.

This year it is Newcastle's turn to host the regional competition, which will be held at Gwandalan on May 18.

Teams from Dubbo, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley will travel to Lake Macquarie to compete.

The Rising Starz have started training once a week at Eleebana Public School in preparation for regionals.

Swift said the girls had already launched themselves into the new routines.

As a baton twirler from age seven, Swift said she was proud to see the girls enjoy it on and off the stage.

"As a coach, seeing the girls get up and enjoy themselves just as much as you did when you were a kid is priceless," she said.

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