The Manitoba Baton Twirling Sportive Association (MBTSA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose mandate is to promote and encourage the sport of baton twirling throughout the province of Manitoba at competitive and non-competitive levels.
MBTSA aims to develop fitness and good sportsmanship, and encourages competitive athletes to develop their ability toward regional, national and international skill levels.
 
Welcome!

Canadian Team Member Yonatan Orlov (MB) at the World Championships, Florida 2018.  Senior Men's Freestyle, 12th place

 

Savannah Miller  (USA) Senior Women's Freestyle World Silver Medalist, 2018

 

Golden Hearts Baton Team (Japan) WBTF IC GOLD MEDALISTS, 2019

 

MBTSA IS THE CBTF EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR...AGAIN!

July 2019

Each year all the Provincial Executives in CBTF are rated according to their efficiency and organizational skills when communicating with each of the following CBTF Positions: President, Past President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Technical Chairman, Coaches’ Rep, Judges Rep, Sanction Officer, Group Rep, Skills Development Officer.

CBTF Senior Male Athlete of the Year & Ron Kopas Award Recipient, Yonatan Orlov

July 2019

Lynda Garland Award of Excellence Recipient, Leisha Strachan

July, 2019

Congratulations Leisha Strachan, 2019 CBTF recipient of the Lynda Garland’s Award for Excellence, recognizing her remarkable accomplishments as a baton coach!

CBTF Volunteer of the Year, Dana Peteleski

July, 2019

Congratulations Dana Peteleski -2019 CBTF recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award, recognizing her for her hours of contribution to our sport. 

Manitoba's best in baton off to France

06/17/2019

by:  Simon Fuller, The Lance

 

A number of baton twirlers from southeast Winnipeg have already made their mark at the provincial level this season.


The 2019 International Cup Qualifier event, which was hosted by the Manitoba Baton Twirling Sportive Association, was held recently at the University of Manitoba Investors Group Athletic Centre, and Team Canada was selected from a pool of 90 athletes from six provinces.


Officials say 11 athletes from Manitoba were successful in making the Canadian contingent, which will compete at the International Cup event in Limoges, France in August. A number of the 11 Manitobans set to travel to Europe later this summer are involved with the Greendell Baton and Dance program. The list includes coach Dana Peteleski; Madison Reynolds; Sydney Reynolds; Speranza Albensi; Gabby Albensi; and Meghan Stanger.


Peteleski, who is head coach of Team Toba and head coach of Greendell Baton and Dance, is excited about the upcoming tournament in France.


"It’s very exciting," said Peteleski, who lives in St. Vital. "We’ve still got a lot of work to do before heading over there, but we’re hoping to make it into the Top 10."


Peteleski said a number of Manitoba twirlers will also be competing at the upcoming Canadian Championships, which will be held in July, making it a busy summer for the athletes and coaches.


Noting the twirlers typically practise several days a week in the run-up to an event, Peteleski said the nationals will give the team valuable experience before heading to France.


"It’s a good chance to get in front of the judges, and we’re really looking forward to representing the city, the province, and the nation."


Madison Reynolds, 18, is also looking forward to representing Canada in France.


"It’s been a lifelong goal of mine, so it’s an amazing feeling," said Reynolds, who lives in Southdale, and is a member of Greendell Baton and Dance.


"I know it’s definitely going to be challenging, and I know what’s up ahead, but I have a little bit of confidence in myself."


Laura Tymchyshyn, 19, said she has learned to channel her nerves leading up to an international competition.


"I am always a nervous wreck leading up to these international competitions, but this stress helps me train hard and efficiently," said Tymchyshyn, who lives in Southdale, and is a member of Aerial Fusion.


"It’s such an honour to be heading to France as part of Team Canada to begin with, so I’m trying not to let the nerves and pressure get to me, and to just enjoy the experience to the fullest."


"The initial qualifier competition was to compete for our spots on the contingent, but when in France it will be the time to put on a show and perform our hearts out, all while doing the sport we all love the most," she added, noting her thankfulness for the opportunity to represent Canada, and her gratitude to everyone that has helped her along the way.


To help support the athletes travelling to Regina and France, organizers a holding a vendor and garage sale fundraiser on Sat., June 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greendell Park Community Centre (75 Woodlawn Ave.). The event will include a hotdog and bake sale, and the athletes will also be on hand to teach baton.

World Baton Twirling Day

April 10th

Watch Global TV as Caitlyn and Speranza share about World Baton Twirling Day!

Sport Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence

January 18, 2019

Sport Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence Awards were handed out at the Winter Classic competition last weekend.  Congratulations to our athletes and coaches who received an award.

"Eat, Drink and Travel" Raffle

December 16, 2018

Thank you to  VIA RAIL for their generous donation

Lucky winners are:

!st - $1000 Travel Voucher from VIA RAIL - M.Street #0009

2nd - $200 Liquor Mart Gift Card - D. Bartel #0938

3rd - $100 Grocery Gift Card - Larry F  #86

Twirl, baton and roll by Naniece Ibrahim

November 2, 2018

Orlov to visit Russia

UWinnipeg student Yonatan Orlov is a baton twirler who competes on the national and international stage.

He competed at the Canadian Baton Twirling Championships this past summer, finishing first in three of six categories.  Baton twirling, Orlov says, is like “rhythmic gymnastics with a twist.”

When he’s not studying and going to class, he dedicates three to four hours to practicing every day.

Later this month he’s heading to Moscow, Russia to host a baton clinic where he’ll be teaching and sharing his world-class expertise.

Read full story...

Provincial Team Announced

October 1, 2018

Congratulations to the following athletes who were selected to the Manitoba Baton Twirling Provincial Team for the  2018/19 season.

Speranza Albensi

Sarah Cimino

Caitlyn De Jong

Maddy Reynolds

Sydney Reynolds

Meghan Stanger

Alternate:  Gabby Albensi

Understudy: Emma Bakker

Head Coach:Dana Petelski

Assistant Coach: Kristen Paupanekis

Canadian Championships in the Russian News

July 2018

Russian Winnipeg News

Story by Tatyana Dyck 

Yonatan Orlov combines grace, athleticism, juggling in a masterful display of baton twirling

July 5, 2018

 

The Jewish Post & News 

Watch interview

Good showing for Orlov at baton nationals

July 23, 2018

"Teen now preparing to compete at worlds"

by Simon Fuller, The Lance

Baton coach receives special award

July 16, 2018

"Boyd honoured 35 years after making history"

by Simon Fuller, The Lance

2018 Provincials

April 28, 2018

Congratulations to our Manitoba Contingent!  Good luck at Canadians this July in WINNIPEG!

BMO Walk so Kids Can Talk

May 5, 2018

Our Athletes at the Walk So Kids Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone

MBTSA Celebrates World Baton Twirling Day!

April 10, 2018

Laura and Yonatan made an appearance on Global TV this morning to celebrate World Baton Twirling Day!

Children's Hospital TV

April 25, 2018

A visit to the Children's Hospital TV for sick kids.

Dana Peteleski awarded Lynda Garland Award by CBTF

July 2017

Saint John, New Brunswick

CTV SPORTS STAR OF THE WEEK - Yonatan Orlov

October 9, 2017

Watch the CTV Sports of the Week

September 22, 2017

by Sheldon Birnie, Canstar Community News

For competitive baton twirlers, the sport is in their blood. Just ask Jessica Pososki.

"I literally was born into it," Pososki, 22, said.

As a child, her mother ran Cathy’s Crew dance and baton studio out of the Oxford Heights Community Centre. As a teenager, Pososki branched out and eventually found herself twirling with Aerial Fusion Baton in East Kildonan.

"I’ve been there over 10 years now," Pososki said.

In 2011, Pososki got her first taste of international competition. In 2015, she competed in one event at the World Baton International Cup. This year, she qualified for four events at the World Baton Twirling International Cup, held in Porec, Croatia in August.

Travelling the world, twirling a baton, by Troy Westwood Canstar Community News

September 18, 2017

by Troy Westwood, Canstar Community News 

Westwood's Sports Heroes

Yonatan Orlov is an 18 year old who travels the world competing in a sport he loves. And that sport is baton twirling.

"I got started in the sport when I was about 11," he says. "I got interested in it through a talent show I watched in Grade 6. I used to be in gymnastics and after I saw that show I thought I would give baton a try."


Shortly after that show, Yonatan set things into action to get involved.

"(First) I had to find a coach. Greendell Community Centre had a baton program (and) the coach said they were having a competition and that I should watch it," he recalls.

"Well, I watched it and I really liked it. The next year I signed up in the Greendell Baton and Dance program. Ever since that day I have been with the club twirling."

A recent graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate, Yonatan now is in his first year of science at the University of Winnipeg.

"I enjoy science," he says. "For now my goal is to eventually go into physiotherapy."

Yonatan and his dad Sergey, mom Olga, and sister Rina live in Sage Creek."I am very thankful for my family. My mom and dad have always been very supportive," he says.

SCHOOL OUTREACH, ParticipACTION 150 National Initiative

March 11, 2017

MBTSA is starting a School Outreach Program as part of the initiative to take part in the "Participaction 150" .

 

Coaches, we would love it if you could be part of the "ParticipACTION 150 Crew".  

Please reply by April 1, 2017.  Contact Trina for more info.

 

Spread the word, Baton Twirling is #143 on the top 150 list.

For the love of twirling

Sept 27, 2016

by Simon Fuller, Canstar Community News

Laura Tymchyshyn is grateful to have baton twirling in her life.


The 16-year-old Southdale resident is a member of Aerial Fusion Baton, which is now accepting registrations for upcoming season. The club operates out of various gyms in the East Kildonan and Transcona areas. Another local club, Greendell Baton and Dance, which operates out of Greendell Park Community Centre (75 Woodlawn Ave.), is also accepting registrations.

Tymchyshyn has been twirling of eight years, having joined Aerial Fusion from the Southdale-based dance studio Magic ‘n’ Motion in 2012. And from the moment she picked up a baton for the first time, the Dakota Collegiate student has not looked back.

Read full article  

September 14, 2016

by Jay Boaz, Interlake Enterprise News

"The principle of “seeing is believing” was on display Sunday afternoon in Riverton as a new sport was introduced to the community.

As reported two weeks ago in the Interlake Enterprise, former Rivertap instructor Tracey Bjornson-Collins has announced the start of a new community sport, baton twirling, through the formation of a new club called The Northern Lights. To build excitement and show what the sport is all about, Bjornson-Collins arranged a demonstration with the Manitoba Baton Twirling Sportive Association (MBTSA).

Nine members of the provincial team made the trip out to Riverton. The athletes put on a forty five minute performance, demonstrating a variety of skill levels and competition types...."  click the link to read the full story.

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RON KOPAS AWARD RECIPIENT

July 7, 2016

Congratulations to Yonatan Orlov for receiving the Ron Kopas Award for the highest Men's Solo Score at the 2016 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. Yonatan scored a mark of 8.0 before penalties.  Well done!

2016 Jewish Athlete of the Year Nominee

June 23, 2016

Many congratulations to 17-year-old Yonatan Orlov, who was recently recognized for his outstanding achievements at the 2016 Annual Rady JCC Sports Dinner, as a nominee for the 2016 Max & Indy Nusgart Jewish Athlete of the Year.  What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our sport with approximately 1200 guest in attendance, including NFL Hall of Famer, Dan Marino.  Thank you for being such an exceptional ambassador for baton twirling and best wishes at the upcoming World Championships in Sweden.

Sport Manitoba Night of Champions

April 23, 2016

Congratulations to the following Sport Manitoba Nominees:

Yonatan Orlov - Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Sara Sabeski - Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Team 'Toba - Phantom - Junior Team of the Year

Volunteer of the Year - Dana Peteleski 

 

 

Joyce Receives Recognition in the Legislature

November 4, 2015

MLA Christine Melnick honours Coach Joyce Ormshaw for her many years of service and dedication to baton twirling.  Listen to Ms. Melnick's tribute.

September 22, 2015

by Simon Fuller, The Lance

Twirling for 'Toba

July 24, 2015

by Sheldon Birnie, The Herald

Double gold for Tan!

August 2015

Filipino Journal

July 28, 2015

by Jared Story, The Times

Canadian Championships, Oshawa

June 27 - July 2nd

Athletes from three clubs represented Manitoba at the Canadian Baton Twirling Championships, and the Maple Leaf Open.  Manitoba's athletes had a strong showing winning many medals and special awards.  Congratulations to Rhaychelle Tan, the Senior Challenge Cup Winner; Joyce Ormshaw, the Lynda Garland Award of Excellence recipient; and Jenny Parisian, the CBTF scholarship recipient for post-secondary eduation.     

Red River Ex

June 20, 2015

Unlike at the Kidsfest, the weather was clear and sunny for our performances at the Red River Ex.  We put on two short performances for the kids and their parents in the children's area.  Special mention goes out to Spiderman who learned some tricks from Maddison. 

KidsFest 2015

June 6, 2015

The rainy start to Kidsfest didn't stop the kids from trying out baton twirling.  It was great to see so many smiles of accomplishment when they learned some new tricks. It was lovely though, when the sun peaked out of the clouds to finish off our day.

Team 'Toba Wins Silver Medal at International Cup Qualifier

May 17, 2015

Eleven Manitoba athletes qualified to represent Canada at the International Cup in Abbotsford, B.C. this summer.  They were amongst 160 athletes from across Canada that competed at the International Cup Qualifier here in WInnnipeg, May 15-17 at Investor's Group Athletic Centre at at the University of Manitoba. 

Joyce Retires

April 2015

Seasoned coach, Joyce Ormshaw has announced that this is her final year of coaching.  Her retirement celebration was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Silver Heights Restaurant.  

Bison Half Time Show

Members of our Provincial Team and Group performed at the University of Manitoba Bisons' basketball half time show, Friday, Jan 9th. This was their first performance of the new season and it was a good chance for the new members to perform without the pressure of competition.  They simply rocked it!   

Festival of Trees and Lights

Our athletes performed at Manitoba Hydro's Festival of Trees and Lights.  Athletes performed both individual and group routines set to festive Christmas music to celebrate the holiday season.  Surrounded by beautifully decorated trees and lights, our performers put on a lively and entertaining show.

Sport Manitoba Scholarship

Congratulations Milana Schipper, 2013/14 Provincial team member, on winning a Sport Manitoba Scholarship

Santa Claus Parade

Decked out in their Santa hats, 40 athletes twirled their way down Portage Avenue in the annual Santa Claus parade. Tossing their batons high in the air, they wowed the crowd as they awaited Santa's arrival.

Summer Camp Success!

Our 2014 Summer Camp was a success!  35 students came out to our summer camp hosted by MBTSA.  Our Provincial team coaches, and team members coached the camp.  Students had a lot of fun either learning how to twirl, or improving their skills, as well as learning new tricks, and some dance and gymnastics moves. We can't forget to mention that they played some super fun games too!  See the article in MyToba article.  Watch the video here Summer Sizzler 2014.

Team 'Toba heads to Trials

Team 'Toba is headed to the 2014 Canadian Team Trials, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
 

Congratulations Edie and Jenny

Congratulations to Edie and Jennifer Parisian for being awarded the Sharon Holliday Award for Sportsmanship

YONATAN AND LAURA - COMPETING in SWEDEN!

May 26, 2016

UPDATE! - This long weekend saw the Canadian Team Trials in Whitby, Ontario.  Two of our Manitoba athletes competed and came away with fantastic results: both of have made the Canadian Team and will compete in Sweden at the World Championships this August. 

 

Our junior pair, Yonatan Orlov, and Laura Tymchyshyn came away with a bronze medal.  This is the pair's first year twirling together. 

Laura Tymchynshyn, coached by Leisha Strachan & Jane Tan, placed 6th overall in the Junior Women's Freestyle division, and was asked to take the alternate spot on the Canadian Team.  Yonatan Orlov, coached by Dana Peteleski, won the Junior Men's Freestyle gold medal, and earned a spot on the Canadian Team. 

It has been approximately two decades since Manitoba has sent freestyle athletes to the World Championships.  Congratulations Laura and Yonatan!  Manitoba is very proud of your hard work and accomplishments.

February 12, 2016

Shaw TV Visits our Greendell twirlers. This segment will debut on the show “Go! Winnipeg” Saturday, February 13th and will play multiple times a day until Wednesday. It’ll debut on the show “Sports Talk” beginning next Friday, February 19th and will air multiple times a day for two weeks!
 

Bronze Medal Finish at Baton Twirling Cup in B.C

Sept/Oct 2015

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