Established in 2017 by a dedicated cohort of elite pole sports athletes, the APSF is at the forefront of aerial sports excellence in Australia. We are a grassroots built, not-for-profit sporting organisation, committed to advancing pole sports at home and on the international stage. 

A brief history of the APSF

There are a number of international or world competitions that run each year. The “World Pole Sports Championships” is one such event, run by the International Pole Sports Federation, or IPSF. The scoring system for the competition is similar to gymnastics and the criteria are set out in what’s called the “IPSF Code of Points”. Members of our committee took (and passed) the IPSF judges training course in March 2017. Following this, they competed in – and won the “Elite Doubles Division” in Germany in May 2017. In June 2017, they went on to represent Australia in the Netherlands, with a goal of placing in the Top Ten. They placed 8th, an incredible achievement and a testament to their hard work and dedication.

The professionalism, the drive, passion and dedication of all the volunteers, the attention to and level of detail in everything the IPSF did was impressive. This model provided the inspiration and impetus for the creation of the not-for-profit Australian chapter, and so the Australian Pole Sports Federation (or APSF) was born in September 2017.

Our aims include:  

1. Providing the pathway for Australian pole athletes to qualify for the World Pole and Aerial Championships (WPAC).

2. Achieving recognition of pole as a sport with the Sports Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, enabling our Australian athletes to enter the Olympics when pole reaches this ultimate goal.

3. Bringing together Australian pole athletes as a community, supporting one another in our passion for pole sports.

4. Promoting this fitness activity, which incorporates physical and artistic skills, throughout the age span, from kids to masters.

The APSF is a  proud member of the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) who governs pole internationally, by setting in place a structured competition, coaching and education format that has been accepted by international sport governing bodies. The IPSF has been awarded Observer member status of the Global Association of International Federations (GAISF), and are Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).  The goal of the IPSF and the APSF is for the Olympic committee to recognise Pole as an official sport and in turn eventually become part of the Olympic Games.

The Australian Pole & Aerial Championships (APAC) stands at the heart of our commitment, as the premier national competition for pole and aerial sports. APAC is proudly organised by the APSF and endorsed by the IPSF (International Pole Sports Federation). 


For information on the 2024 Australian Pole & Aerial Championships, please click here.