Tallahassee, Florida - August 26, 2012
Tallahassee athlete Karrissa Wimberley, earned fourth place at the 2012 World Baton Twirling Championships, held August 1-5 near Paris, France. A brief news release is copied below.
Wimberley, 26, is a Team USA veteran who has competed in 11 World Championships. She won the Silver medal in the Senior Women’s Division in 2010 in Bergen, Norway, and the Gold medal in the Team Division in 2005 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Wimberley made history on March 14, 2011, when she stepped on to the stage at the New York Athletic Club as a Top Five Finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete. According to the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU, which has presented the award annually since 1930, Wimberley is the first and only baton twirler to be nominated for the award, which is known as the “Oscar” of sports awards.
At the 2012 U.S. National Baton Twirling Championships, held July 9-14 in Fairborn, Ohio, Wimberley won the Gold medal in the final round of the U.S. Trials to select the athletes who will represent the U.S. at the World Baton Twirling Championships. She also won the title of Grand National Dance Twirl Champion. Those are just the latest in a long string of national and international honors earned by Wimberley.
Wimberley twirled at Florida State University and the University of Georgia.