Originally founded as the ‘Pole Fitness Association of South Africa’ in 2010, SA’s first ever Pole Sports organisation was created to promote Pole as an athletic, sporting discipline and unite the poling community. Educational workshops, local competitions and fundraising events were the main focus of the former Pole Fitness Association.
In 2013 The Pole Fitness Association changed it’s name and re-branded as the SA Pole Sports Federation, a registered Non-Profit Company in South Africa. The SA Pole Sports Federation is now the only official Pole Sports Federation in SA to be endorsed by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF). The IPSF is voluntarily run by members of the Pole Sports Industry from across the globe.
The IPSF now have over thirty national federations across 6 continents, involving over 5000 athletes.
In 2016 the IPSF became a World Anti-Doping Agency signatory and completed it’s fourth year of testing with no positive results.
In 2017, the IPSF was awarded ‘Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Observer Status’. This means that all official federations under the IPSF are taking the necessary steps towards recognising Pole as an Olympic Sport!
The SA Pole Sports Federation are proud to be the only federation in South Africa to educate and certify local officials in the globally used IPSF judging system.
To date, the SA Pole Sports Federation have qualified many Elite level South African Pole Sports athletes including Juniors, Senior Women and Men (ages 18-39) and Masters Women (age 40+) to compete at the IPSF World Pole Sports Championships which has been hosted in Europe since 2012. In July 2018 the World Pole Sports Championships will be hosted in Spain.
What is Pole Sports?
Pole Sports is an explosive, high-impact sport that requires great physical and mental exertion. Extreme levels of strength and endurance are required to lift, hold and spin the body. A high degree of flexibility is needed to contort, pose, demonstrate lines and execute techniques. Motor skills must be highly honed in order to control co-ordination and balance during compulsory movements, and for the execution of acrobatic movements on the pole.
Athletes must have maximum cardiovascular fitness in order to show that they have immense stamina; this is reflected in the constant flow and the ease of movement throughout the routine.
The SA Pole Sports Federation are commencing the process of national recognition with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to further the development of Pole Sports in South Africa and worldwide.
How can the SAPSF help you?
By searching the studio directory you can find your local reputable pole fitness studios. Studios and instructors listed on the SAPSF website will be:
- Up to date with industry knowledge
- Charging reasonable rates
- Using safe equipment and facilities