Baton twirling, renae edmunds
Renae Edmunds took up Baton Twirling at the age of 8 and instantly fell in love.
It’s quite a complex sport, combining dance, agility, coordination, flexibility and often gymnastics - all while manipulating a metal baton - and Renae says she loves the challenge it brings and the competitive nature of it all.
“I love getting on the floor and showing my routine to everyone. There are a lot of challenges in baton twirling and it is quite common to get injuries during some of the tricks we perform”.
Renae trains for 15-20 hours each week and mixes it up with a few different classes including twirling, ballet and strength workouts with a personal trainer. She also has regular Skype calls with her overseas coaches who guide her through new moves and routines.
Renae’s coach of seven years Jane Prior, says it’s been amazing to watch her evolve.
“Renae’s journey has been amazing. She is a very dedicated young lady who has worked hard to achieve these great results at such a young age. It has been very rewarding for me as a coach to nurture Renae from such a young age”.
All of Renae’s hard work is now paying off after she was selected to represent Australia at the World Championships in Florida in August. These trips are self-funded and can cost thousands of dollars – which is why Bankstown Sports has stepped in to help.
The club has supported Renae in previous years with cash and in-kind contributions and will help her again this year with $500 support, to assist with some of her expenses. Renae says it will be a huge help.
“I have been working towards this goal since I was 8 years old. The support from Bankstown Sports over the years has meant so much to me, and I think it’s great that the club gives back to the community”.
Bankstown Sports would like to wish Renae the best of luck!