Introducing our wonderful Coaching Staff
Lee Ann (Roberts) Wilson
Technical Director and Head Coach
My greatest athletic achievement was making the finals for the National Twirling Competition at the St. Paul Winter Carnival, yes I competed at the same venue that the 2005 World Baton Twirling Championships were held.
In October 1977 while just beginning my Grade 12 year, I started the Camaros Baton Club. The club won the Novice Ontario Twirl Corps Championships that year and I knew coaching was for me.
I am a Level 3 coach, but I truly believe a well rounded coach must not only rely on reading manuals and writing tests, but also apply all the experience and background of being a parent and former athlete. Success comes from passion and focus on making every willing athlete the best they can be. And of course hiring the country's best choreographers and having great coaches on staff.
The Camaros have enjoyed many Grand National Group titles, Group Challenge Cup Winners and of course sending our first ever athlete to compete at the World Championships in Rome, my daughter Kyla.
My secret for over 30 years of coaching, I keep reminding myself I do have something to offer and value every smile I get when in the gym. I truly love working with all levels from Recreation to the Elite level, they are all challenges that that I thrive to achieve.
Born into the world of performing, Kyla Wilson is used to being in the spotlight. From a young age, baton twirling and dancing quickly became much more then a hobby for Kyla, it became her passion.
Before she was even a twinkle in her mother's eye, Kyla was destined to be an elite twirler. She was first introduced to baton through her mothers corp, Camaros Baton Club, at age three.
From basic baton skills Kyla quickly advanced and was soon nabbing gold medals and various titles at a National level in both group and individual categories including Medley, Solo, 2/3-baton.
It was in 2003 that Kyla first earned a spot on Team Canada. She went on to represent the country at the 2004 World Baton Twirling Championships in Osaka, Japan, 2005 International Cup in St. Paul, Minnesota, 2006 in Rome, Italy, 2007 in Hamilton, Canada, 2008 in Limerick, Ireland, 2009 in Sydney, Australia and most recently in Bergen, Norway in August.
Kyla was even invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2008. Experience has lead Kyla to travel down the road of coaching. In the past she has taught athletes at the International Cup Clinic in Sydney, Australia, and was invited to be a guest coach in Glasgow, Scotland, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Calgary, Alberta.
Today she serves as a coach for the Camaros Baton Club and has dabbled into some choreography work for the club.
Moving from the performing side of things, Kyla has recently earned her judging certification for both CBTF and CNBTA organizations, along with a level 2 coaching certification with the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation and has completed her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Ballet Certificate. In addition, hard work has allowed Kyla to become certified under the National Coaching Certification Program as a level A and B coach.
As a graduate from the University of Calgary's Bachelor of Arts program with a focus in Contemporary Dance, Kyla is looking to inspire future generations and share her passion for the sport she loves.
Stormi (Buntsma) Dixon
Stormi started her twirling career at the age of 3 at Burns School of Dance. From there she joined the Oshawa Kinsmen Camaros Baton Club and traveled across the country and into the United States for many competitions and parades. She began to compete individually at the age of 6 and won her first Canadian Twirl Championship at the age of 8. That same year she was crowned Miss Springfest 1983.
Over the next ten years Stormi accumulated many regional chamionships as well as seven Provincial Championship Titles, six Eastern Canadian Championship Titles and two more Canadian Championship titles in Medley. Throughtout those years she received awards from the City of Oshawa for Sports Achievement and as part of Movement 1 a WBTF team the Musical Interpretation Award.
Stormi retired from individual competitions and again joined the ranks of the Oshawa Camaros Baton Club, but is now a Level 2 coach. She found success again as a competitive member that won gold at all levels from Provincial to Canadian and Canadian Grand Nationals.
Stormi married Don in 1999 where she was proud to have the Camaros provide an Honor Guard. They now have two children Hayden and Morgan, who at the age of 3 also started her twirling career. She looks forward to many more successful years with The Camaros Baton Club as a coach and now parent.
Alyssa began twirling with the Camaros Baton Club at the age of 7. After 17 years of full time competitive twirling, she won multiple provincial and national titles, including Miss Majorette of Ontario, Miss Majorette of Canada and earning a silver medal in Solo at International Cup competition. Alyssa has participated in 2 World Championships and 2 International Cups held all over the world.
Alyssa earned a spot for the first time on Team Canada in 2009 when she attended the NBTA World Championships in Ghent, Belgium. From there she realized that competitive twirling at an international level was addicting, as she got to enjoy the sport she loves, as well as travel on a regular basis. Alyssa’s next stop was Jacksonville, Florida in 2011, where she was part of the team Headlock, which earned a gold medal. From there, Alyssa flew to Neuchatel, Switzerland in 2012, where her team earned a bronze medal with their routine, Gloria. Alyssa’s last stop before retiring from full time competitive twirling was Abbotsford, British Columbia, where her team was able to land a silver medal with Headline.
Alyssa has graduated from both Police Foundations, as well as Protection, Security and Investigations, and currently works full time as a security supervisor at a local college, hoping to one day pursue a career in law enforcement. Alyssa coaches, volunteers and coordinates events with the Camaros Baton Club on a regular basis.
Mackenzie started twirling at the age of 5. Over the past 14 years as a competitive baton twirler, she has attended 4 World Championships and 1 International Cup. Mackenzie was apart of the bronze medal team, Gaga, at the WFNBTA World Championships in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy in 2015. She was also the recipient of the 2016 CBTF Post Secondary Scholarship as she continues her twirling and education at the University of Victoria. Mackenzie continues to compete as a full time twirler and hopes to give back to the club by coaching and working with younger athletes
Kasey started twirling at the age of 7 with the Camaros Baton Club and has now been involved for more than 17 years. She has participated in multiple International Championships and has been recognized through Provincial, Canadian and World Competitions for her and her teammates achievements.