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Congratulations to the 2010 Joel Ferrell Award Winner for Baton Twirling

Congratulations to the 2010 Joel Ferrell Award Winner for Baton Twirling at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. This year’s award winner was Joel Claudio.  Joel Cladio - 2010 Joel Ferrel Award Winner
This outstanding athlete competed in the 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Hampton Roads, Virginia, from July 29 – August 7, 2010.

The Joel Ferrell Award is presented in honor of the former AAU President and Vice President of the U.S.Olympic Committee, and a chair of the AAU Junior Olympic Program for many years. He was instrumental in the growth of these Games. This is the most prestigious award that recognizes outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship of an athlete representing each official sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

Joel Claudio, age 19, from Vega Alta, Puerto Rico is the feature twirler of the University of Puerto Rico and is the National Men’s Champion of Puerto Rico.  This year was Joel’s first time competing in the AAU Junior Olympic Games.  Joel was very successful and took home a total of 6 titles this year, including a gold medal in Collegiate Solo Dance Twirl, Men’s One Baton, Advanced 2-Baton, Men’s Freestyle, Advanced Multiple Baton and a silver medal in Advanced 3-Baton.
Congratulations to Joel and the AAU wishes him the best of luck in his bright future!


Local athlete takes twirling to new heights

Originally found at savannahnow.com
Written By Louise Shannon-Martin

She has had guest appearances at Georgia Tech and Clemson games, several Capitol One Bowl games and the annual Disney Christmas Parade.She has competed in many events around the country, where she averages around 10,000 miles per year in travel and rakes in medal after medal.

Her name is Savannah Freeman, and she twirls a baton.Freeman has been doing acrobatics, dance and twirling since she was 2 years old. She got her beginnings watching and admiring another twirling student at the Marilyn Youmans School of Dance and wanted to grow up to be just like her. Youmans, herself, had said that Freeman would one day be a star.

So far, she has succeeded.Now at age 15, this Savannah Christian sophomore has accomplished more then she dreamed and loves every minute of it. Not only is she a celebrated twirler, but she also excels in ballet and tap – placing first and second at many events.

But, as a twirler, she stands out.”It is amazing to get to go compete in all the different events,” Freeman said.
“She plans to twirl in college,” her mother, Dove Freeman, said. “She is still undecided – maybe Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Georgia. Georgia Southern told her last week she could come and twirl for them.”

As for twirling, she has quite a resume. She is a national baton twirling champion, including a local, state and regional champion. She has been titled Ms. Majorette of Georgia; participated and placed in the Twirling Unlimited Atlanta Regional and Twirl Mania, just to name a few.
And, this year, she won 10 gold medals at an event in Iowa.

The Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games holds events all over the country and attracts close to 16,000 athletes in events such as track, basketball, swimming, bowling and baton twirling.
This past summer Freeman went to Iowa to compete against hundreds of twirling gold medal hopefuls and came away with top prizes.

“I was the only one from Georgia to compete in the Junior Olympics this year, and I came home with 10 medals,” she said. “I was proud, but I couldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for all of the sponsors that helped me get there.”Freeman also attributes a lot of her success and drive to her mother.
“She’s my champion.”

Freeman, the last of eight children, says of her mother: “She is always there.”
Her mom does her part in searching out venues and competitions for her daughter to perform in.
“This October, she will twirl at the Clemson game halftime show; it will be her fifth year there,” Dove said proudly. “The Capital One Bowl in Orlando wrote a letter saying she did a wonderful job last year and wants her to be a part of the show again this year on New Year’s Day. Look for her!”