Exceptional people with amazing stories and abilities abound within our community, but there are none as inspirational as the stories of young men and women who have the drive, passion and determination to achieve their dreams. Marie Kershaw is one of those stories, a local tween whose passion and hard work has elevated her baton twirling to a new level.
Greatness from Small Beginnings
Marie first began twirling at the age of 6 in 2012. Over the past few years, Marie has trained rigorously to progress through the stages of twirling from a novice to an advanced twirler at age 10.
Thanks to her dedication and hard work, she’s competed in multiple competitions, including the National Baton Twirling Association’s America’s Youth on Parade where she took home the 2017 Juvenile Intermediate Pageant Winner title. As well as the AAU Junior Olympics, she won the All-Around Junior Olympics Champion title for the 10 to 12-year-old age group. And those are just her most recent national twirling accomplishments. She’s setting her sights next on competing in the 2018 Twirl Mania Gold Invitational Championship at Walt Disney World and becoming a world champion.
“Marie is exceptionally determined and pushes herself harder than her coaches do,” said dad, Steve Kershaw. “She loves competing, and making new friends at competitions. The contestants are like a family: they’re competitive but still support one another. She also loves sharing the sport with other people. She carries her batons everywhere.”
Building a Baton-Based Community
Marie is exceptionally talented, and she encourages other young people to begin the sport and build their skills as she did.
“It’s a great sport for boys and girls which involves strength, coordination, concentration, discipline, self-confidence, composure and agility. Those are only some of the skills you’ll learn while twirling.”