ASHT is a non profit society that operates a baton twirling club within the province of Alberta, Canada.
We are a parent volunteer run club that is regulated by three main governing bodies that are listed in more detail below.
Alberta Central Region (CR)
Central Region falls directly under the ABTA and is a group that helps clubs with fundraising efforts - mostly bingos and casinos. Central Region also hosts a local competition in the Spring called Wild West for ABTA athletes.
CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairperson – Mike Maes
Vice Chairperson – Kim McCann
Secretary – Joann Hickle-Epp
Treasurer – Beth Swain
WHO BELONGS TO CENTRAL REGION?
Clubs who operate in the Calgary and Airdrie area belong to the Central Region Baton Twirling Association.
These clubs include:
- Airdrie Sky High Twirlers
- Centripetal Force Baton Club
- Idiom Expressions Baton Club
- New Heights Baton Club
- Remix Baton Club
- Southside Baton Club
- Stampede City Twirlers Baton Club
- Twirl Fusion Baton Club
The ABTA is able to assist athletes in their pursuit of excellence in baton twirling. ABTA is a non-profit organization operated by a dedicated Board of Directors with representatives from each region in the province.
ABTA is dedicated to growth and development of the sport of baton twirling and its athletes. It offers competition at local, regional, provincial, national and international levels. The role of the ABTA is one of provincial coordination, club support and development and financial assistance.
Canadian Baton Twirling Federation (CBTF)
In 1978, Lynda Garland was contacted by the newly formed World Baton Twirling Federation with an invitation for Canada to join the WBTF. Lynda sent letters across Canada to ask coaches, judges and administrators to come together to work on the formation of, what was then called, TWIRL CANADA.
Prior to this time, each province worked independently of each other and each was affiliated with United States organizations. It was time to come together and form a national body to represent Baton Twirling in Canada!
At a meeting held in the fall of 1979, representatives from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta met at Mohawk College in Hamilton to discuss the formation of a unified national organization. Shortly after, the first Twirl Canada National Executive & Representatives were elected with Lynda being chosen as the first Twirl Canada President.
Over the next few years, the following projects were completed by hard-working CBTF board members, committees and individuals:
- Creation of the CBTF Code of Ethics & Conduct, Bylaws and Constitution
- Creation of administrative policies, technical rules and competition procedures
- Development of the CBTF Coaches and Judges programs and courses and many individuals were certified as CBTF Coaches and Judges.
- Introduced the CBTF Badge Program (now called the Skills Development Program)
- Formation of the CBTF Sanction Process, Group Declaration Process and Canadian Team Trial Entry Procedures
- British Columbia became a CBTF member shortly after 1980 with New Brunswick joining in 1990. Quebec is in the initial stages of re-joining and Nova Scotia is poised to join CBTF in the very near future.
- Assisted WBTF in preparing their first constitution and bylaws.
At the 1984 Annual General Meeting, on the recommendation of Sports Canada, Twirl Canada became known as the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation (“CBTF”).
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