27 October, 2023
Aiming for world pole gold
THE world’s number one doubles in artistic pole, local athletes Jude Perrett and Amy Davidson, have completed their best stunts in preparation for the 2023 World Pole and Aerial Championships in Poland this week.
As part of the Australian Pole Sports Federation team, the pair will be taking on the world’s best pole athletes at Kielce, Poland from October 25-29 with three other Cairns’ athletes, James Wah Day, Tasmin Rymer and David Wilson.
With 10 years of experience competing as a doubles team, and a long list of titles under their belt from Queensland champions to Australian champions and world titles, Ms Perrett and Ms Davidson are ready to bring their unique charm to the stage.
“This will be our third world championship as a doubles couple,” Ms Perrett said.
“We’ve prepared a very unusual routine, quite unique, and I have a feeling that after we’ve done this there’ll be people around the world trying new things.
“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be good, we try to have a very high standard, and we are with this routine, but we’re also trying to have a lot more fun.”
The athletes said they were most proud to represent the region at the world championships.
“I’m exceptionally proud, the sport’s quality in Cairns is great and I’m really proud that we can go down and mix with the big guns not only in Australia but around the world,” Ms Perrett said.
“Coming from Cairns and creating the groundwork here in Cairns is an exceptional achievement and we have such a strong community of women and body positivity,” Ms Davidson said.
With over 10 years in the sport and after founding the Australian Pole Sports Federation in 2017 to create pathways for Australian athletes into international competition and world ranking, the seasoned athletes said this competition could be their “last hurrah”.
“I’m excited about this championship, I don’t know if we’re getting to the end of our careers or not but I’m feeling like I want to have a last hurrah so I’m feeling happier that we can bring this routine to the world stage,” Ms Perrett said.
“I feel like this is the culmin-ation of all our years. We’re on our 10th year of training, so I’ve been quite reflective heading to this world’s, and this is the culmination of that effort.”
“The fact that it’s a comedy routine and something quite different that’s been a long time in the making is exciting and we’re ready to put the best version on the stage,” Ms Davidson said.
To support the athletes on their journey to Poland, donate to their GoFundMe at https://bit.ly/3FwUVcK