- Julie Fowler turned a hobby to lose weight into her profession and is heading to Spain to compete against other athletes
- She has been pole dancing for 12 years and even co-founded the Pole Sports Federation of South Africa
- Her hobby has become her career and she owns Vertical Vixen a pole dancing school
12 years ago Julie Fowler decided that she wanted to lose her excess weight once and for all.
She took up pole dancing as a hobby, combined with a healthy lifestyle she lost 10 kilograms and by 2018 she was crowned pole sports champion of South Africa.
Her first competition was five years ago in 2013 and the sport was still in its infancy in South Africa.
Her success in South Africa has made her eligible to compete in the World Pole Sports Championship which is being hosted in Spain.
It is there that she will face off against 41 of the best pole dancers in the world who were selected out of the 5000 registered dancers across the globe.
Judges take skill, technique and execution into account when they make their decisions much like other sports such as gymnastics or synchronised swimming.
Some of the complex moves require a tremendous amount of flexibility.
“One needs to be flexible to achieve the split angle and strong enough to hold it in that position to be scored,” says Fowler.
Fowler turned her love of pole dancing into a business in 2011 and started her own dance studio called Vertical Vixen in Randburg. Her studio teaches yoga, aerial acrobatic and pole dancing.
She also co-founded the Pole Sports Federation of South Africa which promotes pole dancing as a sporting discipline.
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