2019/04/01

Hello Internet;

Saturday Canadian Pole Sports Federation held their annual competition at Ecole Saint Anne right here in Fredericton. Pole Sport and Pole Art divisions from across Canada and Japan competed for their shot at POSA worlds. 6 year old to 50+ divisions took to the stage to test their ariel abilities.

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto stole the show with their closing performance in the international doubles competition. Not only was their piece culturally reflective, but it also brought new transitions and tricks to the stage.

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto

Maki Morishima and Keiko Takemoto

Pole athletes have been fighting the stigma of sexualization of the sport for years. 2019 took a step forward with this problem with the recognition of government parties. This year, the City of Fredericton (who notoriously bulldozed strip joints and permanently ban these kinds of establishments) came forward and helped fun the 2019 competitions. They even bought the truss system for CPSF and donated funding to the event. Thanks to Fredericton Sports Tourism, CPSF is now hosting 2020 WORLDS here in Fredericton with over 300 competitors from around the world.

Well done CPSF President Ashley Wiggins and her amazing team. It’s amazing to see what can happen in just 3 years.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/03/28

Hello Internet;

This weekend is the Canadian Pole Sport Federations annual competition. This will be the fourth year that I have volunteered with the competition.

This all began four years ago when Ashley (CPSF president) mentioned that she needed help with a burlesque routine. I and another person agreed to help out with the show. We began rehearsing at the Brass Monkey Pole Sport gym in Fredericton. We then headlined for Snap! A Burlesque Review, an annual event that raises money and awareness for the SPCA. It was so much fun, I came back to help with all other associated events.

Esther Soucoup, Ashley Wiggins, Laura-Beth Bird

Esther Soucoup, Ashley Wiggins, Laura-Beth Bird

Esther Soucoup, Ashley Wiggins, Laura-Beth Bird

Esther Soucoup, Ashley Wiggins, Laura-Beth Bird

Four years have flown by. My partner in crime is now a certified international pole sport judge, the sport has grown and received international attention. Atlantic Canadian pole and ariel sport athletes are traveling the world to compete and everyone has pretty sick jackets.

See you this weekend guys!

Laura-Beth Bird