The 5th annual World Pole Sports Championships take place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Debut of the much anticipated new discipline ULTRA POLE,
with top athletes in the field battling against each other to become the ultimate champion

The fifth annual World Pole Sports Championships will take place this weekend (July 23rd & 24th) at London’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, with over 150 participants from over 30 countries competing for world titles across a variety of disciplines.

The event is organised by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF), which is continuing to engage with the IOC in an effort to have Pole Sports recognised as an Olympic discipline. 

New at this year’s World Pole Sports Championships is ULTRA POLE, an avant-garde, intense new discipline whereby athletes compete against each other by performing Ultimate Trick Battles, using athleticism and mental agility to devise special trick moves in battle-style rounds, appealing to a new fanbase and attracting the most radical pole athletes to the sport. 

It’s the perfect chance to see why Pole Sports is worthy of recognition and inclusion, as the best male, female, doubles, junior and senior athletes compete for global titles.

There will also be a performance from the Para-Pole sensation Deb Roach ahead of the full integration of the Para-Pole category in the 2017 Championships.

This is the last time for a while that UK sports fans will be able to witness the elite Pole Sports stars on their doorstep as the growing global appeal of the sport means that the Championships will be taken around the world from next year.

Other highlights of the 2016 World Pole Sports Championships include:

- A Swing Pole/Pendulum Pole performance by the Czech Republic’s Veronika Rehova who is one half of the 2015 Doubles World Champion Team;
- The debut of Ultra Pole, a new intense, high-octane discipline which will see Pole enter the extreme sports arena;
- The fast-growing Children in Pole Sports category, featuring kids aged between 10 and 14 – the Pole Sports champions of the future.

“As the umbrella organisation of all of Pole, the IPSF has fully embraced that, like every sport, we must always continue to evolve, and in that light, we will introduce exciting new disciplines over the next few years, giving Pole the edge it needs to work alongside other well-known and established sports,” said IPSF President, Katie Coates.

Stephan Fox, President of the Alliance of Independent Members of SportAccord (AIMS) and a member of the IOC also agrees: “In my eyes, you have big credibility [as a sport]” and goes on further to say that, “it’s a new generation” and “Pole Sport, it’s a new sport, we must move with the times.”

For tickets to the Annual World Pole Sports Championships, head to http://www.polesports.org/competitions/tickets

For press tickets, email info@polesports.org.

For more information contact:-

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.Carter@mimrammedia.com
Tel: +44 (0)7970 164201

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Pole Sports
The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) is a not for profit organisation dedicated to positively promoting pole as an athletic sport. Run by voluntary members of the Pole Sports Industry from across the globe and created to foster the development of pole sports throughout the world, the IPSF supports individuals and national federations to unify the pole sports Industry. By setting in place a format that will be accepted by international sport governing bodies, the IPSF’s goal is for the Olympic committee to recognise Pole Sports as an official sport and to become part of the Olympic Games.

Find out more at www.polesports.org.

About the World Pole Sports Championships
The World Pole Sports Championships was created by the International Pole Sports Federation in 2012. Held every July in London, the weekend’s events sees over 150 competitors from 30 different countries competing against each other in the following categories:
 
- Men
- Women
- Doubles
- Masters (40+ and 50+)
- Youth (10-14 and 15-17)
 
IPSF judging rules, regulations and scoring have been careful created within the IPSF technical committee to promote a fair and transparent judging.

About Katie Coates
KT Coates is the President of the International Pole Sports Federation, The Chair of Pole Sports UK, a Level 5 PDC certified instructor and a Level 3 REPs instructor. She has been in the pole industry for over 16 years and is one of the pole industry’s leading authorities on pole fitness and instructor training programmes. She is responsible for the push to get Pole Sports into the Olympics and for getting pole sports officially recognised as a sport.