Twirler Cleans Up at 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games
Winning an AAU gold medal to some is one of the biggest
achievements they’ve ever accomplished. To others, like Samantha Williams, it’s
just another day of baton twirling. Williams, 13, has won a total of more than
100 medals, with 26 coming from the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games alone. She’s
competed in every AAU Junior Olympic Games since 2006 and began twirling when
she was three years old.
Williams didn’t necessarily want to be a Baton Twirler, in
fact, she stumbled upon Baton Twirling when the ballet class she was attending
was full. Parents of Baton Twirlers happened to be waiting outside of the
ballet class Williams was trying to attend, and seeing how disappointed she was
that she couldn’t participate, they suggested she try baton. The rest is
She started as a beginner, but showed promise at a young age
and flew through the levels until eventually she became the first to meet the
advanced level. She is now the longest running member of the Solid Gold Baton Twirlers
and has the most advanced level experience of her teammates.
Now, Williams says she likes baton because it gives her the
opportunity to meet new people from all over the world with the same love of
twirling. The south Florida native said she became friends with twirlers from
Canada at one of her events and they still keep in touch.
Williams is the Advanced 13-15 All Around Twirling Champion of
the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games and competes in freestyle and dance twirl and
will be attending the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.