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 unit 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 its 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 most notable achievements of the SAPSF so far:
The National Pole Sports Competition (NPSC)
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & April 2019.
In May 2018 the first ever National Artistic Pole and Ultra Pole Competition was hosted alongside the 7th National Pole Sports Competition.
The National Pole Sports Competition is an International Pole Sports Federation recognised competition. This means that the judging criteria and the selection process meets international standards for competitive pole sports. Each South African athlete qualifies to take part in the World Pole Sports Championships in Europe (IPSF). Sponsorship funds have been donated by the SAPSF to help South African athletes travel to Europe to compete. The IPSF are at the forefront of the action to make Pole Sports and event at the Olympic Games. The SAPSF are fast becoming an important part of this action, joining forces with the IPSF. The SAPSF Pole Sports & Artistic Pole Provincials is an event that is open to all students and instructors within SA's pole fitness community, not just SAPSF members. The judging criteria, like the National Pole Sports & Artistic Pole Competition, which is aligned with the IPSF's system. This means that competitors will know that they are achieving a standard set by international benchmarks.
Money is raised for South African athletes through SAPSF workshops, showcases and pole jams. The SAPSF are also very grateful for the donations received by trusting pole fans of our pole fitness community. The SAPSF is a registered Non-Profit Company.
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and August 2019.
The biggest pole fitness charity showcase event to date, over R100,000 has been raised for South African charities. This is all thanks to a collaboration of over 15 different pole fitness studios, the incredible dedication and enthusiasm of students and pole fitness instructors is what makes Pole Unity a huge success each year. This event truly is a union of many Gauteng based South African studios.