Robin Hills

It is with sadness that we inform you of the loss of Robin Hills from Oshawa, ON who passed away peacefully on July 6, 2014. Robin was responsible for designing the Membership System and Tabulation program used by CBTF and for many years prepared the set systems used by numerous clubs within the province of Ontario. Robin will be greatly missed by many of us in the baton world.


HILLS, David Robin (Rob) – Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa on July 6, 2014. Will be greatly missed by brother Glenn (Sandra), nephew Daryl (Nancy) and niece Carly (Rob). Cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences and memories may be forwarded through If desired, donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association at .

Published in the Toronto Star from July 12 to July 13, 2014


Age determination for the 2015 International cup


Important announcement for coaches, parents and athletes who may enter the 2015 International Cup Qualifier

The World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF) has approved an Age Determination Change for the 2015 International Cup, which will be held in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, in August 2015.

The age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup is the age of the athlete on August 11, 2015!  

            (This change means that some athletes, whose birthdays fall between August 12 and December 31, will compete at a younger age than they would have under the previous age determination date of December 31.)

The age groups for the 2015 International Cup are:

  • Junior 12-17 (age on August 11, 2015)
  • Senior 18-21 (age on August 11, 2015)
  • Adult 22 and over (age on August 11, 2015)
The reasons for the age determination date change are explained below.

Background for the WBTF Age Determination Change for the 2015 International Cup

The WBTF has been working hard to welcome other baton twirling organizations in building a stronger and more uniform world baton twirling body together.  In November 2013, during a combined meeting of the WBTF and the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations (WFNBTA), a union to organize a worldwide umbrella organization, now known as the International Baton Twirling Federation (IBTF), was formed. (1)

With the new formation of the IBTF came the decision to host the 2015 Grand Prix at the tail end of the 2015 WBTF International Cup in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada on August 10-11 in 2015.  This competition will be the first of many new ventures as each organization works to build an alliance together. More details regarding invites to the 2015 Grand Prix will be forthcoming.

With this new competition came the obvious need for the establishment and congruence of age eligibility, age divisions, competition rules, and so forth.  Between the two organizations, there is a fairly large discrepancy in each organization’s age eligibility rule.  In the spirit of compromise, the IBTF decided that, for the 2015 Grand Prix, an athlete’s age is determined as of August 11, 2015.  This differs from the WBTF which determines the age of an athlete on December 31st of the given year of competition as one’s competitive age.  A motion requesting a change in age determination was brought to the WBTF Executive Board to adopt/follow the same age guideline for the 2015 IC Competition only.  This motion was presented to the full WBTF Board for a vote on March 14, 2014.  By a very narrow margin, the motion passed.  (See results below. (2)  This means the age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup competition is the age of the athlete onAugust 11, 2015!

MOTION # 1 – March 14, 2014
The age eligibility rule and age determination date for the 2015 International Cup will be August 11, 2015.
Where age divisions apply, “age” shall be determined as the age an athlete is during the period of January 1st to August 11th in the competition year.
Therefore the rule reads:
This ruling will be effective for the 2015 International Cup only, and will be reviewed following the competition.
Effective – Immediately

Board of Directors

OBTA Board of Director 2013/14

President – LeeAnn Wilson –

Past President – Kim Genton –

1st Vice President – Laura Thomson –

2nd Vice President – Steven Kopas –

Treasurer – Tonya Lee –

Technical Chair – Stephanie Hewis –

Secretary – Siobhan Hall –

Judges Rep – Andrea Reid –

Coaches Rep – Sharon Thompson –

Athletes Rep – Alyssa Weatherbee –

Group Rep – Jennifer Olson –

SDP Rep – Stephanie Hewis –

Sanction Officer – Kim Nicholson-Aquanno –

Membership Registrar – Susan Palmer –

Online Newsletter Editor – Sheryl Baraniuk –

OBTA Skype Technical Update Oct 20 2013

OBTA Technical update Oct 20 2014-1

Kim Genton Receiving the Syl App Volunteer Achievement Award


Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award

To all OBTA Members!
It is my distinct pleasure to notify you that Kim Genton has been selected to receive a Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement award.
The award will be presented by the Honorable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport at the 2012 Ontario Sport Awards Ceremony. The Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto Ontario.
On behalf of the OBTA we would like to congratulate Kim on being selected for this award.  If anyone would like to purchase a ticket to the ceremony you may visit the Ontario Sport Alliance Web site for ticket ordering information,
LeeAnn Wilson

Changes to Sanction Application process

See the attachment re: changes to the sanction application process that are effective immediately.


Changes to Sanction Application Process – 2012

New SDP Manual/DVD

Accepting SDP orders for Manuals/DVDs.  Make cheques payable to CBTF.

The pricing that was approved at the 2011 FBM is:
- DVD + PDF Manual, White-Diamond: $40/set
- DVD + PDF Manual, White-Maroon: $20/set

If you wish to order, please contact Brenda Leblanc

Technical Changes in effect for Sept. 2012

Technical Changes in effect for Sept 2012

Declarations and Waivers

2012 declaration forms[1]

Competition Waiver 2012

Club Media Release