By Rob Edney
The large gymnasium at St. Marys DCVI was abuzz Saturday as 300-400 participants, spectators and supporters were treated to an incredible display of twirling talent from local groups and world champions. There were over 70 twirlers competing from destinations as far as Michigan and Ohio, and locally Fergus and Thamesford. The excitement and energy was palpable as young ladies in gloriously colorful costumes ran from dressing rooms, one group after the next, presenting themed routines of twirling and dance.
The TNT-Starlettes based out of Madison/Perry, Ohio currently hold 11 Twirling International titles and 7 World Twirling titles. They perform in 10-15 parades a year including the St. Patricks Day parade in Cleveland.
Local audiences marvelled at the skill and dedication this group brought and our own athletes were thrilled to host such a prestigious troupe.
Closer to home, the Thamesford Lions Majorettes performed a selection of clever, and creative numbers including a routine to Bruno Mars’ Lazy Song done in pyjamas.
Many individual performers from other troupes across Ontario, came to compete as well.
Coaches for The St. Marys Starlettes Sandie Vanderschot, Amber McKay and Jennifer Fredin spend the better part of the year fundraising and working with the girls for this event.
The St. Marys Starlettes are in their 53rd year as a club and by their showing Saturday, will likely see another 50. The club brought home two seconds, a third, and one first in their levels of competition.