The ABTA is the sport governing body for baton twirling in the province of Alberta and is a member of the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation (CBTF).
The ABTA is able to assist athletes in their pursuit of excellence in baton twirling. ABTA is 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.
Established in 1971
The Alberta Baton Twirling Association (ABTA) has been the sport governing body for baton twirling in the province of Alberta, Canada since 1971.
Purpose of the ABTA
ABTA provides information to members regarding the sport. It organizes events, workshops and clinics for athletes, coaches and judges. As well, ABTA is involved in developing and refining badge programs, competitions, sport outreach clinics, camps and funding through scholarships and grants.
ABTA Board of Directors
Chairperson - Candy Tedford
Past Chairperson - Bonnie Brinker
Vice Chairperson - Ray Choy
Secretary - Sacha Patton
Treasurer - Inga McLean
Technical Chairperson - Jenna Jemieff
Coaches Rep - Cory Archer
Judges Rep - Natalie Fehres
Group Rep - Kendall Patton
Athletes Rep - Alyssa Crispin
Skills Development Program Rep - Taelyr Patton
Central Region Chairperson - Trish Koziel
Northern Region Chairperson - Donnalea Ferguson
Parkland Region Chairperson - Debra Dearing
Baton twirling is an excellent way of maintaining good health and fitness. It provides an opportunity for recreation, competition and social contact. The sport also offers leadership opportunities in training and promotion.
Baton Twirling is a sport requiring grace, coordination, concentration and strength. It is for fun, fitness or relaxation. It allows for personal achievement in recreation or competition as an athlete, coach, judge or administrator. It includes individual, small and large group participation for competitions and performances. There are various levels of achievement that can be obtained, from beginner to elite.
Many of our athletes start baton twirling at a young age. They belong to clubs in their own communities and practice with their coaches for events throughout Alberta and Canada. Many of the young athletes grow up to be coaches and judges for the sport of baton twirling and encourage others to get involved.