Valentina Romano

Pole Dancing is now officially a sport – this is one of the most important event in the sport!

Katie Coates is the president of the International Pole Sports Federation who made the enormous efforts to make pole dancing a recognised sport. It takes 11 years since 2006, when she started a petition which was signed by over 10,000 backers. In 2009 she founded this a not-for-profit organisation for educational purposes designed to foster the development of the sport of Pole Sports throughout the World.

Pole Sports has rapidly grown and shown popularity as fitness in the last years. It is an amazing sport combining different types of exercises like dance, gymnastics, acrobatics. To be a pole dancer it is necessary to have a great physical and mental form, strength and endurance, which all are required to lift, hold and spin the body. Also a high degree of flexibility is needed to perform and execute some techniques.

And now the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) granted the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) Observer Status on 2nd October 2017.

Observer Status is the first step before becoming full GAISF members, which will hopefully lead the IPSF to the Olympics. That is exactly pole dancing’s goal, according to International Pole Sports Federation President Katie Coates, who famed the day the decision was made on Oct. 2 as “historical.”

Patrick Baumann, President of GAISF said:

“We warmly welcome our first Observers. This is an exciting time for them and for us and we will do everything within our remit to help them realise their full potential as International Federations within the global sport’s family and, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic program. The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are evidence that the pathway is there.”

Katie Coates, President of the IPSF added:

“This is a historical day for Pole Sports, our athletes and our community. The IPSF is very proud to have taken this positive step towards official recognition and the GAISF Observer Status will give our sport the opportunity to develop further, on the national and on the international stage, taking us even closer to full GAISF membership. In just eight years we have created a sport, ignited a global following and inspired a new generation of sportsmen, – women and children. I am thankful to the IPSF and GAISF teams and excited about the future of our sport.”

Looking to the future, Katie hopes that pole sports will become a member of the International Olympic Committee, which they have applied for, and then one day become an Olympic sport.

If you want to be a part of one of the fastest growing sports, you can:

 – Join IPSF as an existing federation and it will assist you with your national recognition and developing Pole Sports in your country;
 – Create a federation in your country and IPSF will guide you through the process with their dedicated federations and competitions team;
 – Become an IPSF athlete, join the national federation and take part in the 20 competitions;
 – Become an IPSF Certified instructor or coach and help to educate enthusiasts and athletes around the world;
 – Join the IPSF as a volunteer and help grow pole sport at the heart of the movement.

At AerialActive we offer high quality pole fitness classes for all sport levels, from complete beginners to advanced pole dancers. We have two pole studios in West London, Shepherd’s Bush and Hammersmith, and run classes 7 days a week.
All our pole instructors are amazing teachers, and one of them is Svetlana Dunn, who is founder of AerialActive and the IPSF LEVEL 2 certified judge.
Whatever your ability, AerialActive will help you achieve your pole fitness goals!


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