Pole Sports Coaching

What is Pole Sport?

Pole sport is a specialised sub-discipline of pole dancing that focuses on showcasing the skill and athleticism of pole athletes.

Pole Sport is overseen internationally by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF), and in Australia by the Australian Pole Sports Federation. It is a highly technical discipline, judged according to a strict Code of Points, not unlike Olympic figure skating or gymnastics. 

Pole Sport competitions are open to athletes of all levels, with categories for Amateur, Professional and Elite Pole Athletes. At the Elite level, athletes compete for the chance to represent their country at the World Pole Sports Championships, against athletes from over 60 countries.

The overarching goal of the IPSF and it’s affiliated federations is to see Pole Sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee, and to see Pole Sports represented in the Olympics.

Pole Sport Coach

At the time of publication, Sara-May is one of only 2 IPSF endorsed Pole Coaches in Australia (and the only one in NSW), and one of the few IPSF Certified Judges based in Australia.

If you’re interested in exploring this specialised discipline of pole, let Sara-May help you to train as effectively as possible and to present your best possible competition piece.

Australian Pole Sports Championship








Frequently asked questions


When is the next Australian Pole Sports Championship?

The Australian Pole Sports Championship will be held on the weekend of the 25th and 26th of June 2022 in Cairns, QLD.

Why hire a coach?

Training for a Pole Sport competition is incredibly rewarding, but understanding the full Code of Points, and planning your training in order to peak for your competition day can be a lot to take on.

Sara-May is an IPSF endorsed Pole Coach, which means that she understands how best to program your training to make sure you’re in prime competition condition on comp day.

Sara-May is an IPSF certified Judge, which means that she fully understands the requirements of the competition, and can help you to build a routine that will satisfy the judging requirements and maximise your points.

Having an endorsed coach who is also a certified judge will help ensure you put forward a routine that will get the highest scores possible, while avoiding common mistakes that can cause you to get points deducted.

Sara-May is the 2021 Professional Masters 40+ Women’s Pole Sport Champion. She has been through the process of training as an athlete, and will do it again. You’ll be able to take the training journey together.

What competitions are in the Australian Pole Sports Championship?

The Australian Pole Sports Championship includes no less than 6 separate competitions. These are:

  • Pole Sports
  • Artistic Pole
  • Ultra Pole
  • Para Pole
  • Aerial Sports: Hoop/Lyra
  • Artistic Hoop

When should I start training for the Australian Pole Sports Championship?

The updated Code of Points for Pole Sports will be released in early December, and that is the perfect time to start preparing in order to present the best competition piece possible.

I have seen experienced athletes prepare a Pole Sports competition piece in as little as 6 weeks, however I would not recommend leaving it any later.

Coaching Options

I am delighted to offer a range of coaching options to suit your needs, your budget and your preferred training style.

Group Coaching

For the 2022 competition year, I have the capacity to take on a maximum of 3 Pole-based Group Coaching teams, and 3 Aerial Hoop-based Group Coaching teams.

Group coaching is available to studios in the Greater Sydney area. Group coaching packages include a monthly studio-based workshop every month until the competition and a final prep session at a suitable IPSF standard studio in Cairns.

Through these group coaching sessions, participants will develop their competition routine in order to receive the highest score possible for them at competition. They will be guided to develop a periodised program to peak on competition day. They will receive guidance and feedback across all aspects of their competition preparation and routine through the eyes of an endorsed IPSF Coach and Certified IPSF Judge.

Group coaching is the most affordable coaching option. It requires a host studio, and profit share options are available.

Online Coaching

Online Pole Sports Coaching is an ideal option for polers outside North-Western Sydney or the surrounding areas, or for polers who enjoy online training.

Although I recommend that you have a home pole to make the most of Online Pole Sports Coaching, it is not required, as we can use our time setting goals and homework, writing and scheduling training programs and reviewing your training videos.

In-Person Coaching

I have extremely limited availability for in-person coaching in Rouse Hill, NSW, or for students at my home studios, Stargazer Studios in Arndell Park, NSW.

Stargazer Studios students can organise a private lesson through the Stargazer app or by contacting Stargazer directly.

Pole Sport Coaching Enquiry Form

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Example Pole Sport Routines

See the below videos for examples of previous competitors at the World Pole Sport Championships.

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