… but pole dancers savour triumph

by  Hope Woolston

Though Essex lost 55-15 in the Derby Day sports event, it won one of the newest sports on the scene, Pole Dance.

Essex pole grabbed both first and second place in the beginner’s category, first in intermediates and second in advance after two hours of spins, tricks and dance.

Intermediate performer Alin Petcu said: “Essex Pole is one of the few sports teams who constantly win at Derby Day, we might not have their resources but we have some great members who are committed to the club’s success.”

With weekly classes for all abilities and time for your own practice, Essex Pole has more members than any other sports club at Essex University.

They push the message of how anyone can do pole no matter your size, age or gender and you don’t need to have any experience to join.

Essex Pole’s performance and competition officer, Jenny Jaiyeola, works with competitors on their routines and gives them tips and advice for their performances. She said that hard work from the performers was key to their success: “Their passion for pole showed and that is what gave them the win.”

She said that the rest of the team who were not competing gave a large amount of support which helped the confidence of the performers.

This is not the first time they has been successful, with a string of victories against UEA and also continuing success in other competitions.

Competitor Abigail Prior said “I would love to take part again next year and prove to UEA once again that we are the rightful winners.”

To view all of Essex Pole’s Derby Day performances, visit their Youtube page.

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