IPSF Executive Committee

The IPSF is a democratic federation and each leading member of the pole sports committee from around the world has been voted in at General Assembly. Each member of the committee donates their time freely to ensure the highest standards possible are met and then evaluated regularly to guarantee consistency in our aims and goals.

Executive Committee

President - Katie Coates
 

KT has been a major influence in the pole  industry for over  20 years and is a pioneer and leading authority in  the push to get Pole Sports recognised as a sport and eventual inclusion into the Olympic Games. She has also been a  leading figure in pole training and coaching programmes, creating the  fist fitness programme for pole and now the first coaching programmes for pole. 

 

She has be instrumental in raising  health and safety standards within the pole community from both a  coaching and competition perspective. As President, Katie oversees the Federations, Competitions, Trainings and Marketing  committees as well as co-ordinating the day to day tasks associated with  running of the IPSF.

Vice-President - Bianca Scholten

 

Bianca has been involved in the pole industry in South Africa for a number of years as a student, instructor, competitor, and at national federation level.  Bianca was one of the first IPSF qualified judges in South Africa (and in Africa), and qualified as the first Head Judge in Africa.  Bianca joined the IPSF as a member of the technical committee in 2015, and took over as the Technical Director in 2016.  In 2017, Bianca took over from Kate Whitley as the Vice President.  

 

Bianca is passionate about pole fitness and pole sports, and enjoys pushing herself and her students, taking every opportunity to learn.  The need for a consistent and transparent system is what drew Bianca to the IPSF in the first place; the drive for recognition as an Olympic Sport is one that Bianca is excited to be involved in.

General Secretary - Lies Cuisinier

 

Lies has been the general secretary and an integral part of the IPSF since 2015. Born and living in Malawi, she is also passionate about judging and is a certified IPSF judge since 2015.

 

Lies became very passionate about pole sports after university and has worked together with her fellow IPSF colleagues towards Olympic recognition and taking care of important administrative tasks. She hopes to continue adding value to committee and the sport for many years to come.

Worlds Coordinator - Cindy Cooijmans

 

Cindy is an internationally certified Pole instructor, Head Judge and the creator of the Pole Move Box. She had been with the IPSF from the start and has been judging, voluntering and helped with the organisation for the Worlds since the first World Championships in London 2012.

 

As the IPSF Judges director she used to ensures all IPSF endorsed competition have a qualified judges panel that are trained to an excellent standard.

 

Cindy has been awarded UPA Industry person of the year 2017.

Judges Coordinator - Giota Chalki

 

Giota lives in Ioannina, Greece. She has been involved in the pole industry since 2014 and was one of the first IPSF qualified judges in Greece.

 

She is an MSc Computer Engineer and a PhD candidate in the field of Educational Technologies with a specialization in Online Courses.

 

Giota hopes to grow the recognition of pole as a sport internationally. She has judged in National and international Pole Championships.

Anti-Doping Chair - Aimee Lawson-Hill

 

Aimee Lawson-Hill has been involved within the Pole Sport movement since its infancy, she originally formed part of the steering committee in the role of Head of Marketing before stepping down to concentrate on running the British Federation.

 

After taking some time away in 2015 Aimee joins us on the Executive Committee in the role of Anti-Doping Coordinator. As a medical professional she has a keen interest in the subject and is relishing the task of learning and developing within the IPSF Anti Doping role.

Judges Chair -  Lydia Bassal

 

I’m from México city and I’ve practiced polefitness  for almost 5 years.

I’ve been judging for 3 years in Off seasons competitions, Nationals, international and in the last World Championship. 

 

I’ve worked as social media manager and currently I’m in the Spanish Federation “Communication Department” 

I’m working hard on the recognition of pole as a sport internationally to see it at the Olympics. 

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Competitions Coordinator - Daphna Israeli

 

A dancer, choreographer and a teacher, with over 25 years’ experience in Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom and Pole.

Daphna has been teaching dance all over the world including Canada, USA and Israel, with a true love for teaching and making dance accessible to all age groups.

Daphna has worked in the television industry for many years, but now is dedicated to dance full time.

A certified IPSF Judge, with a passion to keep learning and promoting Pole Sport internationally. 

Daphna has a B.Sc. in Medicine and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University and speaks English and Hebrew fluently, as well as basic French and Italian.

Federations Coordinator - Alison Ballard

 

Alison has been a member of the IPSF since 2019 heading up the federations team. She has been both a competitor as well as a judge and head judge at IPSF competitions. She has been involved with her local federation since 2018 and has been doing involved with pole and aerial hoop since 2014.

Technical Chair - Szilvia Molnar

 

Szilvia lives in Budapest, Hungary and had her first pole class in 2011 and since then she has participated in many competitions.
 
She became a pole instructor in 2013 and an IPSF qualified judge in 2015. She has been also a member of the IPSF Technical Committee since 2017.
 
Szilvia hopes to grow the recognition of pole as a sport and supports Hungarian athletes in their preparation for competitions.

Karolina Grzywaczewska - Ethis Chair
 

Born in Poland. Professional ballroom and latin dancer was one of the first pole dance instructors in Poland. In 2010 she also founded one of the first pole dance studio and cooperated in the creation of the first pole brand in this country.

 

Vice President of the first in the country pole sport association. Instructor trainer at Vertical Dance in Poland. Currently president of the Polish Pole Sport Community. Judge in many pole dance competitions, with the main objective of being as impartiality and fair as possible. Fascinated by establishing fair assessment in the pole sports.

 

She has been supporting IPSF in their activities since 2013.

Sub Committee

Federations Team - Marni Kehm

 

Marni Kehm was born in Canada, raised in USA, and currently resides in Switzerland.  She is a graduate of Smith College with a B.Sc. in General Engineering and Music and from the Universität Stuttgart with a M.Sc. in Process Engineering. 
 

Marni began pole fitness in 2014 and has since then been involved in the Pole Sport Industry. After becoming more involved, Marni has developed a passion for the sport, which has led to her position within the Federations.

 

Her role ensures that all IPSF athletes are properly and effectively represented from all IPSF Federations and also acts as a connection to the IPSF Executive Committee.

Training Team - Bethany Small

 

With an educational background in Sport Management and Visual Disabilities, Bethany works in San Francisco to increase educational opportunities for students with visual disabilities. Previously she worked for multiple collegiate sport teams and The United States Olympic Committee.

 

Bethany began pole sport in 2010 and it has been a transformative element in her fitness journey. She is excited to contribute her expertise in sport operations and athletes with disabilities to further raise the IPSF organization.

Ethics Officer - Dimitra Kourmatzi

 

Dimitra is an attorney at law (registered to practice law in both Greece and England) specializing in international law (including human rights).  Her educational background has been supported by studies in the areas of Human Resource management , risk management , human rights and international organisation studies.  She has completed two master degrees in law (LSE and University if Athens Law School)  

 

She first became acquainted with the pole industry in 2013 as a student and from there onwards has worked on behalf of many organisations to assist them in dealing with athletic law related matters. 

Training Coordinator - Nefeli Kyrkitsou

 

Nefeli is a psychologist and an architect and has a Ph.D in the fields of architecture and psychoanalysis.

 

She first came across pole dance while doing her Master degree in London. She has been active in the pole industry as an instructor and competitions’ coach since 2010. She is an IPSF head judge and has been a member of the IPSF committee since 2018.

 

Her goal is to constantly combine pole sports, dance and acrobatics with her knowledge on the fields of architecture, mechanics, art and psychology in order to achieve a more unique and rounded understanding of pole.

Pole Sports Technical Committee -

Maya Mircheva

 

Maya was born in Bulgaria, but is currently based in Germany where she developed interest in pole sports. Since 2015, she has been running her own studio and prepares athletes for IPSF competitions. That is when she found out about the federation and developed interest in contributing its activities. Maya has been a member of the technical committee since February 2017 and is also a certified IPSF judge.

 

Beside pole sports, Maya graduated at the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she obtained her Bachelor degree in sports sciences. She specialized in gymnastics, and more specifically trampoline and is a nationally certified trampoline judge for the last two Olympic cycles.

Artistic Sports Technical Committee -

Kel Sekulov

 

Kel is a Detroit, MI native pole dancer making waves throughout the community as a new addition to the IPSF Artistic Committee. She is the Assistant Director for Pole Through: Art for Awareness, a pilot cast member of PoleFIT Revolution’s Performance Team, NAPDC Intermediate and Semi-Pro finalist, and USPDF Amateur finalist. Kel is also the creator of Dark Matter: a workshop assisting pole artists and all movers alike in yielding more relatable performances.

 

Kel hopes to maintain the integrity of pole dancing for the artistic medium it is, and grow the division as a whole.

**Photo Credit: Bryce Grumley Photography**

Honorary Member  - Kate Whitley

2010 - 2017

 

Kate has been involved in the pole industry since 2008 and joined the IPSF as the Ethics Chair in 2010. Becoming the Vice-President in 2011 has meant she was an integral part of IPSF from the first World Championships to where the federation is today in 2017.

 

She firmly believes in the goal of Pole being a sport represented in the Olympic Games and has worked tirelessly in all areas of federation development to achieve that goal. Kate has now retired from her position as Vice-President but will continue to support the IPSF on administrative matters.

Honorary Member - Florenza Pizanis

2012 - 2015

Florenza is a professional dance teacher/ballet master, choreographer, pole dance instructor and Rhythmic Sports Gymnastics trainer and judge. She has also worked in two competitive sports at national and international levels (up to Olympic qualifications) and has seen the outcome of faulty judging systems and the harsh politics that go along with it. Florenza has experienced firsthand, the effect inconsistencies and injustices can have on hard-working and determined athletes of all ages. She would like to help prevent much of this happening in its infancy and is works on the IPSF standardised scoring system and intense and comprehensive judges training to ensure consistency for all athletes.

Honorary Member - Tim Trautman

2009 - 2012

Tim helped create the IPSF in early 2009 to take pole sports to the ultimate level, the World Games and the Olympics. In 2006 he joined with Lizz Schofield to create Studio Soiree in Salt Lake City, Utah which became hugel successful.  In early 2009, he assisted in the creation and operation of the Pole Fitness Association and started the PFA's Olympic Committee to study what it would take to get pole sports into the Olympics.

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