Fifth annual World Pole Sports Championships heads to London as governing body continues to push for Olympic status

Fast-growing sport’s biggest event to take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre from July 23-24th as International Pole Sports Federation’s Katie Coates calls march towards Olympic inclusion “irresistible”

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

The showcase event takes place just before the Rio Olympics and the sport’s governing body, the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF), is continuing to engage with the IOC in an effort to have Pole Sports recognised as an Olympic discipline.

The IPSF already governs 25 National Federations around the world and, as a sign of the sport’s phenomenal rate of growth, will expand that base to over 40 by the end of 2016.

Katie Coates, IPSF President and Pole Sports pioneer, says: “The rise and rise of Pole Sports has been incredible over the last five years and how far it has come will be evident at what should be an electrifying World Championships in London in July. This is only a staging post on a longer journey, however, as we continue to build our prominence, popularity and credibility and march towards our mission of achieving SportAccord recognition and International Olympic Committee recognition, which would result in representation at the World Games and Olympic Games respectively.”

The World Pole Sports Championships in London is 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 Reherova 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.

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

For press tickets, email info@polesports.org.

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Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
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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.