World Pole Sports Championships

Pole Sports one step closer to Olympic Gold

* International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) celebrates as it gears up for the
6th Annual World Pole Sports Championship
* Introduces first Para Pole Championships
* Kids Pole numbers double
* World debut of Artistic and Ultra Pole disciplines

The sport of Pole Dance has taken the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) two steps closer to their long-term goal of inclusion into the Olympic Games.

With an historical invitation to meet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding their application for IOC recognition in February, plus a membership meeting with GASIF (formally known as SportAccord) having taken place to discuss the international recognition of pole dancing as a sport, the future looks very bright for the newest, most controversial sport on the block.

Some 229 Pole Athletes from 36 countries are now gearing up for what’s billed as the Olympic qualifier if these athletes have their way. This July, the International Pole Sports Federation presents the 6th Annual World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC).

As the UK-based governing body of Pole, the IPSF keeps moving, full steam ahead, crushing goal after goal on the journey toward its mission of achieving the highest level of sporting recognition; being represented at the World Games, and ultimately at the Olympic Games. Each year, this effort culminates for the athletes at the World Pole Sports Championships and the global extravaganza of World Pole Weekend.

What you can expect to see at WPSC 2017!

- Breath-taking, gravity defying tricks and sensational feats of athleticism by Elite Pole athletes from all around the world! Men, women, doubles, children, seniors all ranging in ages from 10 to 70 years-old, competing in each of their categories for the Gold Medal and the title of World Pole Sports Champion.

- The debut of the much-anticipated Para Pole category with Wheelchair Pole and limited sight athletes amongst the different abilities that will be showcased in this groundbreaking event promoting diversity and inclusion within Pole Sports.

- Debut of the much anticipated and thrilling World Ultra Pole Championships and the World Artistic Pole Championships expanding the disciplines of Pole further to five! Ultra Pole is an avant-garde, intense, higher octane version of Pole, more akin to the extreme sports you might see at the X-games, and will feature Ultimate Trick Battles where athletes trick out against other competitors in battle-style rounds landing on the cutting edge of the sport, attracting a feverish new fan base and the most radical athletes yet. Artistic Pole, as the title suggest, is more artistic and a softer side of pole with more room for creative expression and artistic license.

- The fastest growing and most controversial category in Pole Sports, kids age 10-14 defy the mainstream of this rapidly evolving revolutionary sport and numbers double in just one year! As IPSF President, Katie Coates, says: “Children in Pole Sports is a priority for the continued growth of our sport as they are 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,” explained IPSF President, Katie Coates.

And the IOC, agrees with the IPSF’s stance, having offered: “Pole is a young, trendy sport with a very bright future.”

This three-day extravaganza will feature all of this and more with over 200 elite athletes from four continents. The WPSC is the largest pole sporting event with 3,000 athletes competing across the globe for a coveted entry into the prestigious World Championships.

The IPSF currently governs more than 25 National Federations and officially endorsed competitions and is growing so rapidly that it will boast over 40 by the end of 2018. And this year alone, more than 35 countries from all over the world, will be represented in the WPSC, all competing for the national honor of bringing home the World Pole Sports Champion.

When and Where!

- World Pole Weekend! 30th June to 2nd July 2017

- Maaspoort Sport, Marathonloop, 5235 AA ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands www.msedb.nl Holds
1,500 spectators and is only 25 minutes from the airport

- Buy Tickets http://www.polesports.org/tickets

- Find travel information, accommodations, and other World Pole Weekend information
http://www.polesports.org/competitions/travel-accomodation

- How to get your Press Pass:
Contact http://www.polesports.org/sponsorship/media-enquiries

- Videos:
Kids in Pole Sports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53ECvG0xItw
Doubles in Pole Sports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahQKJaaxvpU

Media Enquiries:
Lisa Carter
07970 164201
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com

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.