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Y Baton Twirling Instructor Honored
Baton twirler Richie Terwilliger, a student of YMCA instructor Ginnette Groome, has been selected to represent the United States in the 33rd World Baton Twirling Championships, August 6-15, in Helsingborg, Sweden. At that competition, the best baton twirlers from around the world will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the twirling equivalent of the Olympic Games.
Terwilliger, 24, earned a spot on Team USA by taking top honors in the final round of the U.S. Trials, held July 10 in Mobile, Alabama during the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships. Terwilliger, who has been twirling for 11 years, is the New York State Men’s Solo, 2-Baton and 3-Baton Champion and is also the Northeast Region Men’s Solo Champion. He is a veteran of international competitions and placed in the top six in Solo, 2-Baton and Freestyle in 2015. This will be his third World Championships.
“Team USA has a great mix of veteran competitors and fresh talent this year,” said John Chamberlain, president of the United States Twirling Association (USTA), which selects the athletes for Team USA. “They are gifted athletes, who train with the dedication and determination of Olympians and we are excited to cheer them on as they ‘go for the Gold’ at the World Baton Twirling Championships.”
Team USA will represent the U.S. in men’s and women’s individual events, pairs and team events. Terwilliger will compete in the Senior Men’s event.
One of the top male twirlers in the U.S., Terwilliger has been coached by Ginnette Groome since 2008. Groome has been involved in the sport of baton twirling for most of her life, first as an athlete and national champion, and now as a coach and master judge. This year, the award presented at the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships to the Grand National 3-Baton Champion, was named “The Ginnette Groome Award” in recognition of Groome’s contribution to the sport, especially in the area of multiple baton twirling.
Groome teaches weekly baton twirling classes at the Keene Family YMCA and also directs the East Coast Twirling Club (ETC) made up of athletes from up and down the east coast. Her athletes have earned state, regional, national and international titles in a variety of twirling events. Groome is also nationally certified massage therapist with practices in New Hampshire and New York. Additionally, she teaches Qigong classes throughout the Monadnock area of New Hampshire.
Terwilliger is a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense, working for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Analysis, Systems and Testing Engineering Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. He is a proud 2015 graduate of Lehigh University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and minored in aerospace engineering. Groome will be offering youth baton twirling classes at the Y this Fall. For more information please see the current program guide.