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Lynn Johnson

AU Australia

A Tribute to Lynn Johnson, Australia

Lynn passed away on 11th May from cancer.

Lynne started her twirling life as an athlete. She was a member of the St George Drum Majorette’s who performed at the half time show for the St George Rugby League Team (football). She regularly performed to packed stadiums. She had a passion for baton twirling and when she began coaching, she encouraged one of her own athletes to travel to the United States to learn more about the sport. It was through Lynn's vision, encouragement and hard work that baton twirling in Australia began to grow and develop.

Lynn was instrumental in forming the New South Wales Baton Twirling Association, which she led for many years. Under her leadership in 1979 she led a small group of other passionate twirling administrators, bringing them together from around Australia to form a national twirling body, which was called the Australian Baton Twirling Association. She was President of the National Association for over 10 years. It was during this time, she had the vision for Australian twirlers to become part of the World Federation to help boarder their view of the sport and encourage them to even greater heights and opportunities. Over the years she welcomed many international athletes and coaches into her home, continually dedicating herself to the development of the sport.

She never gave up the dream for Australian athletes to become the best they could be by working hard, challenging themselves and to learn from others. She loved baton twirling!

It was through her encouragement and vision that Australia hosted the 2009 International Cup. She led a very dedicated team of people to host the event. From the early 1960’s when the sport was just developing to 2014 (which was her last World Championships) she was involved in some way with the sport of baton twirling in Australia. Her legacy, knowledge and contribution to the sport of baton twirling in Australia is unmatched.

She is survived by her husband Ken, three children Sonia, Stuart and Sharon, and her adoring grandchildren William, Mia, Sophie, Ella.

Lynn Johnson, pictured above with the late Leonie Frazier, former Technical Advisor of the ABTA, at the 1987 World Championships in Nagoya, Japan.