Whiz Kid of the Week: Brooke Goldberg
Grade: 9, Broadneck High School
Parent: Margie Goldberg of Arnold
When Arnold resident Brooke Goldberg was only four, she saw someone twirling a baton and told her mom that was something she wanted to do. Little did either know it would be a life-changing moment.
This summer, Brooke traveled to the U.S. Twirling Association’s national competition in Little Rock, Ark., and took first place in the Jr. Pairs as well as second in the AAA Jr. Freestyle competitions.
“Next year, I want to go all the way to the world competition in Paris next July,” said a determined Brooke.
She is working very hard towards that goal by training with Sandi Rios, a nationally-recognized twirling coach in California. Brooke will be flying out regularly throughout the school year to work with Rios. Her first session for this school year is Labor Day weekend.
Though Brooke is now training individually, she spent a long time with the local Illusions Baton & Pom team and trained with the group’s coach Colleen Rowe for years.
When she isn’t practicing, Brooke enjoys dancing. She made the junior dance team at Broadneck High School where she is entering as a freshman next week. She also hopes to perform with the school’s fire-twirling team at home football games this fall.
Her dream is to continue twirling throughout college, perhaps receiving a scholarship with a university that has a strong twirling program. After that, she plans on becoming a pediatric nurse.
“I will still twirl as an adult; I can’t imagine stopping,” said Brooke. “I hope to teach twirling and continue to support the sport.”