Toolamba's Michaela Webster has returned home from the Victorian Pole Championships in Melbourne with the top amateur award.ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 15, 2014 4:58am
Michaela Webster won the top amateur prize at the Victorian Pole Championships in Melbourne at the weekend.
Toolamba’s Michaela Webster is turning the negative perception of pole dancing on its head.
The former gymnast, 27, took out the top amateur prize at the Victorian Pole Championships in Melbourne at the weekend.
She beat 22 other women in her division to win her first major prize in the sport.
‘‘Pole dancing is great, it’s awesome for fitness and it’s so many sports in one, like dance, acrobatics, yoga and pilates,’’ Ms Webster said.
‘‘It’s so fun that it doesn’t feel like you’re even going to the gym.’’
Ms Webster said she decided to try pole dancing after sustaining a gymnastics injury.
She enjoyed it so much she opened her own studio, Elite Pole Dance and Fitness, in Mooroopna.
‘‘That perception about pole dancing is well and truly out the window, we have women of all ages and fitness levels learning here,’’ she said.
‘‘The best thing about pole dancing is it encourages body confidence, so it doesn’t matter what size you are.’’
Ms Webster said she was surprised to win the statewide championships.
She practised for about three hours a day in the lead-up to the event.
‘‘When they called out my name, I looked around to see if there was another Michaela,’’ she said.
‘‘It was so good, I felt so happy.’’
Despite taking out the coveted prize, which included a pole and exercise gear, there will not be any rest for Ms Webster in the immediate future.
She said she had already begun training for the National Pole Championships in Canberra in September.
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