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Hannah performs in World Masters Games preview event( Mon, Jun 17 00:06:AM)




Congratulations to U.S. athlete Jenny Hannah, who performed in the World Masters Games preview event on June 16 in Osaka in the Kansai region of Japan. She was one of three elite international athletes invited to participate in the event, which was a precursor to the 2021 World Masters Games.

The World Masters Games are a multi-sport athletic competition held every four years by the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) for athletes over the age of 30 who are masters in their sports. Baton twirling will be an open event in the 2021 World Masters Games, which will be held in May 2019 at several venues in Japan’s Kansai region.

The World Masters Game preview event on June 16 was hosted by the Baton Twirling Association of Japan, which asked USTA’s Board of Directors to recommend a U.S. athlete to participate. The board selected Hannah, who is an 18-time U.S. Grand National Champion in Strut, Solo and Dance Twirl. She is also a 27-time member of Team USA and a five-time Worlds bronze medalist. USTA President Karen Cammer joined Hannah at the event.

Osaka’s Maruzen Intech Arena, where Hannah won the bronze medal in the Sr. Women’s Division at the 2004 World Baton Twirling Championships, was the site of the preview event.

“I am so honored to be twirling again in the arena where the 2004 World Championships were held,” Hannah said in a Facebook post. “So many memories. It was like looking back in time! I saw this arena on television last year for a figure skating event and never dreamed I would be twirling here again.”

Watch Hannah warming up at the arena here.

The preview event started with a performance by 500 Japanese twirlers, followed by command performances by Hannah, Catherine Moua of France and Daniele Zambito of Italy. 

The 2021 World Masters Games baton twirling event will be open to twirlers from around the world who are over 30 years old. The competition will be held May 28-30 2021 at the Hyogo Prefectural General Gymnasium. Get more information about the 2021 World Masters Games here.