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Announcing the 2015 Grand Prix

The November 23-24, 2013 combined meeting of the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) and World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA) resulted in the structure of a union to organize an umbrella organization. 

The Executive created an initial project for the future by establishing a Grand Prix competition to be held in August 10-11, 2015 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, CANADA, where competitors from both organizations will compete in Solo, Two Baton and Teams.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The 2015 Grand Prix shall be open to athletes who are members of the organization whose Association/Federation are members of the World Baton Twirling Federation and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations.  All athletes must hold a valid passport (or a valid National Identity Card, for European nations) in their own name from the country he/she represents as proof of their citizenship.
  2. Certified judges from both the World Baton Twirling Federation and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Association will judge 2015 Grand Prix and will utilize their federation’s judging system.
  3. Each federation will determine how the athletes will be selected to compete in the Grand Prix.

 

EVENTS, AGE DIVISIONS & LEVELS

The Events and Levels offered at the 2015 Grand Prix shall be as follows:

Solo One Level Junior, Senior, Adult
Two Baton One Level Junior, Senior, Adult
Team One Level One age division only

 

NUMBER OF COMPETITORS ALLOWED PER FEDERATION

Solo 3 athletes in each age division per federation
Two Baton 3 athletes in each age division per federation
Team 1 team per federation

If a country has only one federation (either WBTF or WFNBTA) they may elect to bring 6 athletes in each age division in Solo and Two Baton and 2 Teams.

Men and Women will compete in separate divisions for Solo and Two Baton.  Therefore, there will be a total of 6 Solo categories (Junior/Senior/Adult in Men’s/Women’s) and also a total of 6 Two Baton categories (Junior/Senior/Adult in Men’s/Women’s).   No alternates or reserve athletes are permitted.

Attached please find the rules and regulations for the 2015 Grand Prix. 

The Executive Committee, which is comprised of both organizations was formed for the new organization’s governmental structure.  The following officials were elected to positions:

  • Sandi Wiemers, President;
  • Beverly Johnson, Vice President;
  • Jean Patrick Rousset, Vice President;
  • Maurizio Chizzoli, Vice President;
  • Jeff Johnson, Secretary General;
  • Paul Rutten, Treasurer;
  • Amy Williams & Moto Tsuchiya, Sport Administrators;
  • Christine Bel, Paola DeMarchi, Darlene King, Dale White and Jackie Stewart, Technical Members;
  • Martin Schuchmann, Veronique Tassy and Denise Pearce, Executive Committee Members at Large.

The World Federation of National Baton Twirling Federations (WFNBTA) is a newly formed global organization representing 18 countries in North America and Europe governing all aspects of the sport of the baton twirling operating in each member country as a National Baton Twirling Association.

The World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) formed in 1979, represents 23 countries throughout the world as the international federation governing all aspects of the sport of baton twirling worldwide, either directly or through its national member bodies.

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