Desiree Buwalda (2005) is a Dutch Baton Twirler who is currently ranked in the top 15 in Europe with 2 baton. She is interested in studying in the US while combining it with competitive Baton Twirling.
At the age of twelve, Desiree switched to the twirling association Inspiration, one of the best twirling clubs in the Netherlands. In early 2019, she started her first solo discipline, 2 baton, and in June, she secured a place in the novice class. During the same season, she advanced to the intermediate level and earned a spot in the Runner-Up Dutch Nationals, where she finished second. In the 2021 season, she added a second discipline: solo dance twirl. She immediately qualified for the beginners’ category and, within the same season, advanced to the intermediate level.
At the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, she participated in selection competitions for the European Championship in France and earned a spot with 2 baton. At the Dutch Championships in 2022, she became the national champion in both dance twirl and 2 baton. Additionally, in 2022, she took on a third solo discipline: 1 baton, earning an immediate placement in the intermediate level. Throughout the season, she qualified for the National Championships in January 2023 with all three disciplines. In 2023, she advanced to the advanced level (the highest one) in both 1 baton and 2 baton, qualifying with all three disciplines for the National Championships in January 2024.
Desiree has asked her coach about her strongest qualities: "Your strongest qualities as an athlete, for me, are your physique and your fighter mentality. Both of these qualities make it easy for me as a coach to work on your areas of improvement. Even though you sometimes find it emotionally challenging, giving up is not in your vocabulary. During setbacks, like a drop, you regain focus and keep going. You don't let anything hold you back and have a clear goal in mind. You go all for it. In a short time, you've made tremendous progress, evident in your promotions to the advance level."
In the United States, she aims to bring out the best in herself as both an individual and an athlete. Additionally, she strives to perform at her highest level for her college team. Her personal athletic goals in America include successfully executing a one turn double illusion, advancing her rolls to the advanced level, and enhancing the beauty, fluidity, and speed of her turns. Moreover, she is determined to improve her strength, enhancing the grace of her jumps and maintaining better control over her body.
In 2023, she graduated from the highest level of secondary school in the Netherlands, and now she is taking a gap year. Desiree is interested in doing a major in film production or a broad study for orientation towards her further education in the Netherlands. For more information about her academics, please check out the details section down below.
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