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.

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


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


Sport Manitoba Night of Champions

March 22, 2020

Congratulations to the following Sport Manitoba Nominees:

Yonatan Orlov - Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Laura Tymchyshyn- Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Team 'Toba  - Junior Team of the Year

Volunteer of the Year - Karen Reynolds

December 18, 2019

University of Manitoba student Yonatan Orlov is a baton twirler who represents Canada on the International stage.  He competed at the International Cup and Grand Prix competition this past August in Limoges, France, and placed 5th place in Sr Men's Elite 2-Baton and 3-Baton, 10th in Sr Men's Elite Artistic Twirl and 8th place Elite Team. 

Last month, Orlov traveled to Moscow, Russia to share his passion for baton twirling with athletes of varying skill levels.  He coached athletes from local clubs and offered Master Classes for the Russian Federation. Only a few years ago, baton twirling was introduced to this country, and since then, the sport has exploded. "Many athletes come from a dance and gymnastics background and are very dedicated," Yonatan’s mother, Olga Orlov observes.


Yonatan says, "there are many things that make so many people fall in love with the sport of baton twirling. Personally, I fell in love with this sport because of the ability to display baton handling with dance and gymnastics. I have been a fan of gymnastics for many years and having the opportunity to incorporate both gymnastics/dance and baton is the best of both worlds."

​"It is a great privilege to be able to promote the sport of baton twirling in Russia," he says, adding that "baton twirling allows individuals of all ages, genders, heights, weight, and many other facts feel like they belong to a second family full of individuals with the same passion and drive." Orlov spent long days sharing his skills with his eager students, as Russia does not have highly proficient baton twirling coaches and they must rely on coaches from other countries for this training.  Their equipment is very basic so he brought donated batons he collected from the Manitoba baton twirling community.


​Orlov is a student in the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba, and plans on competing at the World Baton Twirling competition next summer in Riccione, Italy. As for balancing his studies with training he says, “baton twirling provides a foundation for an individual to develop their time management as many hours must be put to perfect this magnificent sport.”  

Orlov continues to coach Russian athletes via video link, and hopes to visit Russia again in the new year.


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


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.

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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

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

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.

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.  

Congratulations Edie and Jenny

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

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.

Team 'Toba heads to Trials

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

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.

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.

September 22, 2015

by Simon Fuller, The Lance

Double gold for Tan!

August 2015

Filipino Journal

Bronze Medal Finish at Baton Twirling Cup in B.C

Sept/Oct 2015

St. James Assiniboia School Division Newsletter

July 28, 2015

by Jared Story, The Times

Twirling for 'Toba

July 24, 2015

by Sheldon Birnie, The Herald

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.     

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