Australian Pole Sports Federation

Welcome to the Australian Pole Sports Federation!

We are a not-for-profit federation dedicated to promoting Pole as an athletic sport. Our aims include:  

  1. Providing the pathway for Australian pole athletes to qualify for the World Pole Sports Championships (WPSC). 
  2. Achieving recognition of pole as a sport with the Sports Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, enabling our Australian athletes to enter the Olympics when pole reaches this ultimate goal.
  3. Bringing together Australian pole athletes as a community, supporting one another in our passion for pole sports. 
  4. Promoting this fitness activity, which incorporates physical and artistic skills, throughout the age span, from kids to masters.

The APSF 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 APSF is for the Olympic committee to recognise Pole as an official sport and in turn eventually become part of the Olympic Games.

World Pole Sports 2017

Australian Pole Sports Championships

27-28 July 2020, Cairns QLD Australia

Meet the Team

Who make all of this possible

Jude Perrett
Jude has chased adventure in her adult years and found the pole adventure in 2008.  She is an IPSF qualified level 2 judge and competed with Amy in the Doubles Division of the 2017 IPSF World Sports Championships, where they achieved their goal of a top 10 finish. As a physiotherapist, her passion is helping people achieve their physical potential and she sees being involved with pole sports as an extension of that goal within the broader community. She is excited to be part of the journey of the development of pole sports in Australia.  

Justine Doran
Justine works for Queensland Health and owns two businesses, with one being in exercise products. She discovered pole sports in 2013 and has been hooked ever since.  Justine is passionate to share her love of pole, as she believes that not only does it improve physical health, but it can create a positive change in mental health as well.
Her ambition is to end the taboo that surrounds the sport and she believes that bringing an IPSF-endorsed Pole Championships to Australia would bring about amazing change for the pole sports industry.

Tasmin Ryder 
Tasmin has a PhD, and lectures in the Biological Sciences for the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. Her work extends into the community, where she plays a role in educating and informing the public in the sciences.
She started her pole sports journey in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. In addition to pole sports, Tasmin practices yoga and Tai Chi, and believes that fitness in any or all its forms is critical for a happy, healthy lifestyle. Tasmin is enthusiastic to be a part of the pole sports journey, and encourages anyone looking to build strength and confidence to explore this exciting, challenging sport.

Dave Wilson 
Dave’s pole adventure/addiction started in 2013 after being introduced to his first pole class. He relishes the complete physical and core strength training pole requires, the endless challenges available, and the general inclusive nature of the sport. Dave is a strong believer in the positive influence on self-confidence, self-image and personal development pole provides. He is a regular attendee of the Australian Pole Festival and the East Coast Pole Cruise, and performs a pole routine in an amateur cabaret together with his doubles partner, Tasmin.
Dave has a background in biotechnology and currently works as a research laboratory technical specialist and researcher at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. He has a PhD in biochemistry and a MBA majoring in finance and entrepreneurship. Dave shares the drive of the other members of the APSF committee to see pole sports recognised nationally as an official sport, and introduced into the Olympic Games on the international arena. He is thrilled to be involved with such an enthusiastic group working towards goals for the benefit of the Australian and international pole sports communities.

Mikki Rhodes
Mikki has a strong history in community development, project management and fundraising across the education, disability, and health sectors.  She has held various leadership roles on community based management committees and currently works as an educational librarian with a focus on inclusive resourcing.  Mikki is excited to be supporting diverse health and fitness opportunities for the community with her association with the Australian Pole Sports Federation.   

Lea Guy
Lea is a media and marketing professional with a background in print journalism and a passion for sport in all its forms. She took up pole for fun and fitness and found an amazing and supportive community with a focus on wellbeing and strength of mind, as well as body.  Lea is excited to be involved in the growth of pole sports in Australia and to share the stories and successes of the sport and its athletes. 

Norelle Daly
Bio to come

Adrienne Smillie (role includes Athetes Commission Representative)
Bio to come



State Affiliations

Contact Details

Victoria - Christie Kurrle, vic.apsf@gmail.com
New South Wales - Rita Valvasori, nsw.apsf@gmail.com
Tasmania - Lea Guy, tas.apsf@gmail.com
Australian Capital Territory - Lyn Foster, act.apsf@gmail.com
Queensland - Jess Hodges, qld.apsf@gmail.com