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Harold Hill Twirlers showcase their talents with England flags ahead of World Cup semi-final

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 July 2018

Harold Hill Twirlers got into the football spirit with a special routine with the St George flag. Picture: The Phoenix Blue Twirlers

Harold Hill Twirlers got into the football spirit with a special routine with the St George flag. Picture: The Phoenix Blue Twirlers

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Members of a Harold Hill twirling troupe showed their support for England with a special modified routine that incorporated the St George flag.

The Phoenix Blue Twirlers took their baton twirling skills to Dycorts School in Settle Road and the Bosworth Field Fun day on Saturday, July 7.

Sandie Gibb, troupe leader started the group in 2004 but had to close it down after two years due to pressures from the difficult economic climate.

Since starting back up in 2016, Sandie has been proud of how her girls have improved over time.

Speaking about their performances at the nationals and mini nationals competitions, Sandie said: “The girls did so well. We had several successes at both competitions.

The Phoenix Blue Twirlers took their special baton twirling skills to the Dycorts School in Harold Hill and the Bosworth Field Fun day. Picture: The Phoenix Blue TwirlersThe Phoenix Blue Twirlers took their special baton twirling skills to the Dycorts School in Harold Hill and the Bosworth Field Fun day. Picture: The Phoenix Blue Twirlers

“It’s really tough with you’re little and you have to remember the routines.

“One little girl came away with two trophies, which actually blew us away as she’s just five-years-old.”

The Phoenix Blue Twirlers won three trophies at the nationals and and 12 more trophies at the mini nationals.

“Since then we have done lots of fetes in our area to share our success with the community,” Sadie added.

Members of The Phoneix Blue Twirlers from Harold Hill. Picture: The Phoenix Blue TwirlersMembers of The Phoneix Blue Twirlers from Harold Hill. Picture: The Phoenix Blue Twirlers

“We’re now preparing for the start of our next competitions in September.”

Once a week on a Friday, the twirlers gather for practice at the Harold Hill community centre in Gooshays Drive.

Two of Sadie’s daughters, Corrinne and Annalize are trainers and her other two daughters, Kirsty and Thaliah also take part.

The troupe leader explained that while it is a difficult skill to master, twirling is also something that many people are eager to try.

“It’s a really hard sport to conquer but if you have the yearn its one of those things that you can go from strength to strength,” said Sadie.

“It’s a very disciplined sport and some of the equipment that the girls use can be quite heavy and dangerous.

“Within a couple of weeks you soon see a sense of achievement. It’s a family sport, because I often find that when a child joins then their siblings often follow.

“For me, the key is making sure it’s always fun.”

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