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Local athlete shines at International Baton Twirling competition

Ewa Beach teen Jax Scott, 14, won a Bronze medal in Level A Junior 2-Baton at the 2023 Nations Cup, a prestigious international competition held Aug. 5-8 in Liverpool, England. More than 1,200 athletes from 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada, France, and Italy competed in the Nations Cup, which was sanctioned by the International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF) and supported by the United States Twirling Association (USTA). This was Scott’s first appearance with Team USA at the Nations Cup. The Nations Cup was held just a month after the U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships, held July 11-15 in Kissimmee, Fla., where Scott took 3rd place in the Mens Junior Solo Championship.
Scott attends Saint Louis School where he is a freshman. He is currently a member of the Cross Country team and Youth Ministries, with plans to participate with Civil Air Patrol, Twirl with the Marching band, and play Soccer.

Scott is blessed to have the most amazing coaching staff, Jennifer Marcus a world champion baton twirler and an internationally recognized coach and choreographer. She was a member of Team USA for 19 years and won 16 international gold medals. She also toured North America performing a solo act with Cirque Du Soleil. Jennifer is one of the directors of Synergy Twirling, a team comprised of several twirlers across the country, including Jax here in Hawaii.
Also coaching Jax is Cody Carter a baton twirler from Phoenix, Arizona who has been twirling for 15 years. He’s a former student and Graduate from Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University, and former Feature Twirler for the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band. Since Cody began twirling at the age of 7, he has competed in four WFNBTA World Baton Twirling Championships in Switzerland, Italy, Norway, and The Netherlands. He is a 4-time WFNBTA World Champion baton twirler, earning 4 Gold Medals in Italy, Norway, and The Netherlands. Cody’s favorite twirling experience was when he competed on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent and made it to the final 80 contestants out of the 24,000 that initially auditioned.

For more information about the IBTF World Baton Twirling Championship, visit ibtf-batontwirling.org (https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ibtf-batontwirling.org%2F&data=05%7C01%7Cchanelt%40espnhonolulu.com%7Cc087e9588f244f94628508dbaa58c34f%7Ce537b154b9914be8a3ec66238e372637%7C0%7C0%7C638291070451134528%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=200QjM69sNWHtpRVgeapwwORO2pwSVQovNMbJLAHCY8%3D&reserved=0).

For more information about the sport of baton twirling or the United States Twirling Association, visit
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