NOTE: WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO KEEP THIS REFERENCE AS UP TO DATE AS POSSIBLE, ADDING MORE COMPETITIONS AS THEY ARE HOUSED INTO THE SYSTEM
As the pole industry grows there are more competitions being produced, for various skill levels and in different genres.
As we are an unregulated industry, the journey for pole competitors can be quite confusing. In 2016 a group of established Australian competition organisers (ACO) got together to endeavour to implement a simple guide for Australian polers to understand what competitions they can enter, and have a clear path for progression through the competition circuit.
Competitions have been split into two categories: Graded Competitions and Social Competitions.
Australian Graded Competitions (AGC) – A competitors results in these competitions are used as a guide to set eligibility criteria for other Graded Competitions and social competitions if they choose.
The AGC have all got a strong history and reputation in the industry, and are either a national competition or progress to a national final. At this stage the ACO has graded Female Solo and Doubles/Group competitions.
ACO MEMBERS: Kennetta Hutchens, Anastacia Snelleksz, Amber Ray, Carlie Hunter, Michelle Shimmy, Elizabeth Domazet, Vanessa Brecht, Daisy Adelle Bastick, Natalie TeKanawa, Felix Cane, Chilli Rox, Joanna Littlewood-Johnson, Charlee Fox, Bec Collins and Dani Blyszak.
AUSTRALIAN POLE CHAMPIONSHIPS – STATE HEATS AND NATIONAL FINAL APC and their related state heats have their own eligibility criteria. Please go to www. australianpolechampionships.com.au for all the details to find out which division you are eligible for. The results a competitor gains from these competitions however does affect other Graded Competitions as per above.
SOLOS VS DOUBLES & GROUPS The progression through the graded comps is for a solo performer, or a doubles team or group. If a pro solo performer was become part of a doubles team, their ranking wouldn’t apply to the team, and vice versa if a competitor in a doubles team entered as a solo competitor.
MALE COMPETITORS – NOT YET GRADED Male competitions are relatively new to the industry in Australia. Until that side of the industry grows and has a solid competition history, competitions targeted to male competitors won’t be graded. Until then it will be up to each competition organiser to release their own eligibility for their male competitors.
COMPETITORS WHO HAVE AN EXTENDED TIME OFF COMPETION If a competitor has had a few years off competing and wants to enter a competition in a level lower than they previously competed at, it would be up to the discretion of individual competitions organiser they wish to enter.
AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL COMPETITIONS Entering into and placing in these competitions doesn’t affect competitor’s eligibility in Graded Competitions. They are however very worth entering! There are many amazing and professionally produced competitions around Australia targeted to different styles, genres and levels, and many titles to be won which all helps a performer progress through the competitions circuit and give them the experience to grow and be accepted into other competitions.
This is a guide only to help categorize competitions for organisers and competitors. The Australian Graded Comps table can be used as a guide for these competitions to set their eligibility.