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Leah twirling her way to national sporting glory.

A TEESSIDE baton twirler is on the fast track to glory.

Leah McVie, from Middlesbrough, is a member of the British Baton Twirling Sports Association (BBTSA) and was last year included in the group selected for the European Championships, which were staged in Slovenia.

The 14-year-old, Year 9 pupil from Acklam Grange School took up the sport at the age of nine and has made impressive progress.

She's a member of Teesside Twirlers, which is based in Hartlepool, and at Easter took part in the BBTSA National Championships.

Her mother Lorraine takes up the story, saying: "Leah participated in several event making all finals and gained a National Championship award.

"Selections for the 2016 European and World Championships took place and Leah was selected as part of the artistic group as well as being chosen to do solo and two baton at the European Cup in France, in July.

"I would like to thank the Acorn Centre," she added, "as until recently they were giving Leah free sessions in the sports hall."

The dedicated teenager trains four times a week in addition to her dancing and acro classes. Once a month she travels to Luton for England squad training.

Leah is hoping to attract a sponsor to help her offset the cost of fulfilling her sporting dreams. Anyone who can help should contact Lorraine on 07719 160092 or email


Leah McVie at the Acorn Centre where she trains

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 21, 2016
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