Hong Kong hosted the world’s leading names in pole dance as they competed during the International Pole Championship on Thursday.
The 29 competitors competed in two categories: Pole Fit and Pole Art.
Australian winner of the disabled division, Deborah Roach, is missing an arm but always loved to dance.
“Yeah look, I actually got into an underground Goth scene in my teenage years because I didn’t fit into normal society. And I loved dancing the night away on the dance floor, and that led to stage dancing in clubs,” said Roach.
In 2006, inspired by a circus themed double act she saw at a club she was dancing in, Roach took up pole dancing and aerial acrobatics and hasn’t looked back.
In 2009 she won a pole dancing competition against able-bodied dancers which spurred her to quit her job in IT, became a personal trainer, got her first prosthetic, learned to ride a bike aged 28 and now wants to one day represent Australia in the Paralympics.
The International Pole Championship (IPC) has been organised annually by International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) since 2007.