A Thomas County Central High School sophomore is an international sensation.
Bayleigh Rose, 16, participated in the ESPN International Twirling Competition at Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Fla., on Feb. 14-17. She won the “Novice Miss Twirl Mania 2014” title.
Rose took on twirlers from all around the world, giving her a new perspective on her hobby.
“After winning it gave me a higher level of self-confidence,” she said. “I recommend, to any twirler, to try this competition just for the wonderful experience.”
Rose participated in the 16-and-up age group. She competed in the individual solo routine, basic marching and modeling categories.
“I was already nervous walking in because of how big the complex was and, then on top of that, there were hundreds of people,” she said. “In my age group, including me, there were 16 girls.”
Rose explained that, because it was an international competition, culture “has a big impact on the judging.”
“It was cool to see all of the different costumes,” she said. “You could tell where the girls originated from by looking at their performance and costumes. Because we performed all so differently, it made judging more difficult.”
The experience was a positive one and Rose plans to attend the vent again.
“I am going back next year, no doubt about it,” she said. “It was the most fun I have ever had at a twirling competition.”