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WBTF Board Representative Spotlight on Stefania Lenzini, President FITw Italy

WBTF Board Representative Spotlight 2021

WBTF wishes to spotlight our member representatives to the Board of Directors during the next few months.  We thank each of them for sharing a little information about themselves and what their goals are for the future in baton twirling.

Our first Spotlight is on Stefania Lenzini, President of FITw Italy:

Country & Name of Federation:

Italy - Italian Twirling Federation FITw

1. When and how did you get involved in baton twirling? *

I started as a Majorette in the late ‘70s, when I was 9 years old, and then switched to baton twirling after this was recognized as a sport in Italy.

2. What leadership positions have you been part of in your country? *

I first started out as twirling club manager, and later on was manager in the organization involved in coordinating the local sports activities in the area I live. In 2016, I was elected president of the WBTF Italian Federation and since 2017 I’ve been a member of the national board of CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee), as a representative of Discipline Sportive Associate (a branch of CONI in which twirling is represented alongside with other sport federations that are not in the Olympics yet).

3. How long have you represented your federation in the WBTF? *

Since July of 2016

4. What do you believe is your strongest asset as the WBTF representative of your federation? *

I’ve always attended the meetings with a propositive attitude, with the goal of contributing to the general growth and development of our sport, so that everyone could benefit from it.

5. What do you envision for baton twirling in your country in 10 years? *

Well, that’s a good question. First of all we have to realize that, if we want to grow and develop, we need to have a clear idea of who we are and what we want to do. In Italy, baton twirling is a not-so-well-known sport, but that still has a great worth. 10 years could seem like a long time, but everything depends on how you spend them. Priorities order, competence, determination and resources are the basic aspects to look to, in order to bring to life a program that looks to the future. I feel I can say that only with these assumptions, Italian baton twirling will be able to find its way and develop a future that is worth of respect.

6. Do you have an occupation outside of baton twirling? *

Baton twirling is my passion, but not a job for me. My main occupation consists in managing my artisanal business, that is specialized in manufacturing marble and granite.

7. Tell us a little about yourself … (i.e. family, pets, hobbies, awards, interests, etc.) *

I can say I’m lucky: I have a nice family, with my husband (that is also my business partner), my son Jacopo, 21, and Aurora, 18. If I had more free time (and that is, if my free time wouldn’t all be focused on twirling) I would for sure dedicate myself to many hobbies, like getting back to studying music, as I did when I was a teenager. I would also enjoy going to the theater and would love to take some time to travel.

8. What is one thing that no one in WBTF knows about you. *

Honestly, I don’t know!