Phoenix baton twirling champ to represent Ariz., U.S. at world competition

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PHOENIX -- Cody Carter has qualified to represent the U.S. at the 2012 world baton twirling championship in Switzerland, but he needs your help to get there.

Cody, 10, has only been twirling for three years, but he's already racked up a slew of titles and awards. In fact, you might have seen him on the court at Phoenix Suns game.

Cody's dad is a golf pro/instructor at Stonecreek Golf Club and while he hoped Cody would follow in his footsteps, Cody's mom noticed that he seemed to have more fun twirling the golf clubs than swinging them. She found Cody a coach, Michele Ekstrom, and the rest is history.

Ekstrom says Cody seems to have a natural affinity for twirling, picking up and perfect new tricks easily. He completes in a variety of events, including two-baton and three-baton. Yes, that's juggling, and then some!

Cody holds three NBTA juvenile regional titles, three NBTA juvenile national titles and is now working hard to add a world champion title to his ever expanding list of achievements. He's the first Arizona twirler to qualify for the NBTA world competition.

In order to raise money to send Cody to Switzerland for the world competition, Stonecreek Golf Club is hosted the World Baton Championship Charity Golf Classic on Sunday. It's an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

For more information, including other ways you can help Cody become a world champion, visit