The IPSF is a democratic federation and each leading member of the pole sports committee from around the world has been voted in at Annual World Congress. 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.
President - KT
KT has been a major influance in the pole industry for over the last 20 years and is a pioneer and leading authority in pole fitness and instructor training programmes. She has helped raise health and safety standards within the pole, is responsible for the push to get pole sports into the Olympics and is working for official recognition for pole sports as a sport. As President, KT oversees the technical committee as well as co-ordinating the smooth running of the IPSF alongside the Vice-President.
Vice-President - Kate Whitley
Kate has been involved in the industry since 2008 when she took over a pole school in Oxford. From the outset she got involved in national and international events and recognised the importance of having standardised regulations in the pole industry; firstly to provide a high level of safety and excellence to students but also for school owners too. This led her to the position of Ethics Chair in the first year of the IPSF (2010). Kate is an organiser of the WPSC and firmly believes in the goal of getting pole sports into the Olympics, however long it takes. She has co-ordinated the IPSF for the last three years and been an integral member of the federation in both an administrative and supportive role and will continue to do so as Vice-President.
Treasurer - Mandy Tree
Mandy's involvement with pole has been through assisting with events both locally and nationally due to her interest in seeing the sport develop. She was a key manager in both WPSC 2012/13 and plays a signifcant part in event management. Her background is based in administration and booking-keeping giving her the experience neccessary to be the Treasurer for the IPSF. Mandy investigates new funding streams and ensure the IPSF is eventually qualified to register as a charity.
General Secretary - Lies Cuisinier
Lies is pretty new to the world of pole sports. Her first serious class was in April 2014. She has always loved dance and has taken a variety of dance classes over the years, but Pole has quickly become her favourite. Especially since she isn't confined to just one style and not to mention the incredible work out you get out of it at the same time!
Despite her lack of experience in the pole industry Lies is dedicated to helping the IPSF in achieving its goals, and is passionate about offering a different perspective and increasing the standards of Pole worldwide. She has been an IPSF judge since February 2015 and hopes to become a certified instructor soon.
Judges Chair - Cindy Cooijmans
Cindy teaches pole and created the Pole Move Box; she is also a very important part of the WPSC and the organisational team. She is very interested in the pole industry and keeps up with new moves that are being invented; the difficulty, flexibility, strength of a move and the naming process that comes with it. Cindy has judged in several small and large competitions and is IPSF certified. Cindy is an integral part of the process in ensuring that judges for the IPSF are trained to an excellent standard for both international and national competitions worldwide. She also represents them to ensure they are treated fairly and respectfully when involved in IPSF activities around the world.
Judges Committee - Ganna Sloan
AnnA's pole journey begun in Ukraine, in 2010. AnnA certified as a pole instructor in 2012 and opened a new pole/aerial fitness school in Oxford in 2013. Inspired by the IPSF goals and fascinated by its judging system which is meant to be as fair and objective as it gets, AnnA certified as a judge in 2015 and has worked for the committee since then. AnnA has had the honour to cover WPSC as a professional photographer.
Judges Committee - Jady Chao
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jady developed a passion for classical and modern dance at the early age of 10. Over the years, she studied and dedicated her life to pursuing various styles of dance including Jazz, Latin, Ballroom, Salsa and she started pole dancing in 2005 and became a pole fitness instructor since 2008 and after years continuous study at pole sport, she became a certified trainer on pole fitness instructor course and IPSFcertified judge at 2014. With the passion of pole, Jady continuous put in her best to help HK, China and Asia countries seeing pole fitness as an official sport and help to raise their regional competition standard to link to international. Today she is the owner of Pole Divas HK Studio and founder of HK China Pole Championships and chairman of HK China Pole Dance Fitness Association.
Competitions Coordinator - Alexandra Hernandez
Alexandra is lawyer by career but a Pole Sport fanatic by conviction, she has been involved in the Pole Sport industry since 2010.
She is a certified personal trainer from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association), Master Trainer Pole Moves and co founder of Colombia´s National Federation, and she also owns Bogota Pole Dance Studio, Colombia's most awarded studio, where she has been teaching and coaching Pole since 2013. In 2014 she became National Champion in the Elite Category for Colombia. She is passionate about Pole sport and has been working on the development, growth and promotion of Pole Sports in her home country, and now will be doing it from her role in the IPSF committee.
Federations Coordinator - Jezabel Olmus Lemus
Jezabel Olmos studied a degree in International Relations at ITAM. She began Pole Fitness in 2005 as a recreational activity, and she used to practice on her own as a personal and fitness challenge. Jezabel was the first Mexican trained as an instructor and in 2007 began teaching pole fitness, which led her to venture into the fitness world. She became the first Mexican woman to promote pole as a fitness activity, she developed a tiered training system that allows pole training in a progressive, effective and safe way. She volunteers in the Mexican Federation of Pole Fitness, where her role as a spokesperson is to disseminate and promote pole fitness as a sport in process of becoming a recognized sport by government agencies and international associations. She is now Head Judge and Master Trainer for the International Pole Sports Federation.
Marketing Coordinator - Sophie Logan
Sophie began pole 2008 and later went on to found the University of Essex Pole Dancing Club in 2010. During her presidency of the club, Sophie realised that she wanted to become more involved with the industry, which led her to the position of Marketing Assistant for the IPSF. Since then Sophie has continued to teach regular classes at her local studio and now sits as the role of IPSF Marketing Co-ordinator. Sophie is passionate about pole sports and has received greatly positive reactions to her involvement with the IPSF during her career in the marketing industry.
Marketing and Events Team - Kriston Leagh
Kriston has been instructing and coaching Pole for more than 10 years and is the founder of Power Pole® Sports, a pole sports specific training system based in Hollywood, Florida. She initially began as a Fitness Trainer in 2002, obtaining numerous accredited certifications, including ACE Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Kriston later obtained additional certifications from the World Fitness Association, eventually going on to become a Master Fitness Trainer, heading up the Group Fitness Certification Program, and developing a Pole Fitness Certification Program. She is a proponent of clear, safe and comprehensive training and judging of pole athletes and is dedicated to the integrity and evolution of Pole Sports. Excitedly finding these same qualities in the IPSF, she became an IPSF Certified Judge and joined our team with the goal of doing all she can to help further our sport.
Technical Committee - Ana Brito
Ana stands out for the absolute dedication and the energy with which she approaches this activity every day. Her constant search for improvement and her vast technical knowledge have made of her one of the best pole dance instructor and trainer in the local industry.
Ana is cofounder and president of the Pole Sport Association of Buenos Aires (APSBA), and vice-president of the Argentinian Federation of Pole Sport (FAPS). Her hard work in the industry and her constant work towards making pole a respected sport, led her to join the IPSF team in 2014
Technical Committee - Tracey Mak
Tracy Mak was born in Hong Kong and spent her years in Singapore before moving to Jakarta and more recently Paris, France. She is the owner of Milan Pole Dance Studio in Singapore. Tracy has over ten years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a variety of regional and global roles spanning Business Management, Marketing, and Finance. Tracey is was one of the first in Asia to become a qualified judge under the International Pole Sports Federation and has judged national and international level pole competitions since 2014. She has worked with top international pole athletes and firmly believes in the development of Asian talent in the pole world as well as building a strong, cohesive community. Tracy continues to share her vision and passion for the sport through her team and students, and looks at ways to raise industry standards across the region.
Technical Committee - Bianca Scholten
Bianca has been involved in the pole industry in South Africa for a number of years as a student, instructor, competitor, and general fan and supporter of local events. Bianca was one of the first in South Africa (and in Africa) to become an IPSF qualified judge in 2015. Bianca is passionate about pole fitness and enjoys pushing herself and her students, and takes 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.
Coaching Coordinator - Jimena Barrios
Jimena has been involved in the industry since 2011, when she opened a pole studio in Mexico City after graduating in International Business. She is really passionate about pole sports and therefore teaches pole since 2012. As she worries about regulations for pole sports in Mexico she is one of the founders of Mexican Pole Fitness Association (AMPOLE) which goals include to regulate the sport locally in the state of Mexico. She became an IPSF judge in 2013 and continues her training to be more efficient as a teacher, coach, partner and judge.
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
2010 - 2012
Tim created the IPSF in early 2010 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. From his research, it was clear that a dedicated organisation was needed. Thus, he left the PFA to start the IPSF and spent the next year planning and putting the IPSF together as well as recruiting the industry's best and brightest leaders to make the IPSF what it is today.