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The South African Pole Sports Federation was set up specifically to maintain and develop the standards within the pole fitness industry in SA. Pole fitness classes are a reputable form of exercise that can be participated in by all. The SAPSF endeavours to preserve the integrity and professionalism within all of South Africa’s pole fitness studios.



Pole Sports is an extremely demanding physical activity that is performed on a vertical pole. Athletes will succeed in this sport if they train consistently and progressively within professional training centres, alongside qualified coaches.
This sport requires strength, flexibility, power, agility and athleticism.

The vision of the SAPSF is to work in synergy with all pole sports professionals in South Africa who share the common goal of standardising pole sports nationally and internationally.

The SAPSF is working alongside the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) to develop pole sports to a point where it can be regarded, by the majority, as a highly respected competitive sports discipline.

Establish Training Standards in South Africa – Encourage, educate and promote accredited training courses as well as continued professional development amongst pole sports professionals.


Welcome to the South African Pole Sports Federation. We are the National Governing Body for the sport of Pole, dedicated to developing pole athletes, coaches and clubs across a range of disciplines – Sport, Artistic, Ultra and Para Pole.

The South African Pole Sports Federation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to positively promoting pole as an athletic sport. Run by voluntary members of the South African Pole community and created to foster the development of Pole throughout the nation, the South African Pole Sports Federation supports athletes, coaches, judges and enthusiasts to unify our sport.

The South African Pole Sports Federation is a proud member of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) who governs pole internationally, by setting in place a structured competition, coaching and education format that has been accepted by international sport governing bodies. The IPSF has been awarded Observer member status of the Global Association of International Federations (GAISF), and are Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). The goal of the IPSF and the South African Pole Sports Federation is for the Olympic committee to recognise Pole as an official sport, and in turn eventually become part of the Olympic Games.

Competitions and events are held annually and are part of a network of over 25 competitions with over 5,000 athletes. Athletes compete for the coveted title of national champion in the following categories and disciplines:

  • Senior Women – 18-39 Years
  • Senior Men – 18-39 Years
  • Male/Female Doubles – 18+ Years
  • Female/Female Doubles – 18+ Years
  • Male/Male Doubles – 18+ Years
  • Masters 40+ Women
  • Masters 40+ Men
  • Masters 50+ Women
  • Masters 50+ Men
  • Junior Girls – 15-17 Years
  • Junior Boys – 15-17 Years
  • Junior Doubles Mixed
  • Novice Girls – 10-14 Years
  • Novice Boys – 10-14 Years
  • Novice Doubles Mixed
  • Pre-Novice
  • Parapole
  • Artistic Pole
  • Ultra-Pole

Top athletes are selected from each National Championship to represent South Africa at the IPSF World Pole Championships annually; more than 40 countries are represented. IPSF judging rules, regulations and scoring have been carefully created by the IPSF technical committee in conjunction with the pole community, to promote a fair and transparent judging.