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KGUN 9 Morning Blend
It was such a privilege to be on KGUN 9's Morning Blend and talk about pole sports and the goals of the US Pole Sports Federation (USPSF).
💥💥💥BREAKING NEWS 💥💥💥
Since the birth of our federation in 2014, we have been working hard to improve our organization and the services it provides. We have been focused on broadening our offerings to include all styles of pole, as well as seeking the proper credentials to grow our sport and global community. Over the last year, we have been working towards our application process to become members of the USA Sports Council. We are proud to announce the USPSF is now officially recognized as the governing body of pole for the USA by the The USA Sports Council. This is a big accomplishment and has not come without many difficult challenges. We are honored to be the first federation to achieve recognition for pole by the US governing body of sports. We have many upcoming championships, so visit our website today and learn how you can become a pole athlete that is part of Americas most elite pole federation. www.uspolesportsfed.org
In February, we made the exciting announcement that pole dance is now recognized as a sport and the US Pole Sports Federation (USPSF) is now the governing body of pole by the USA Sports Council. Recognized sports that are not part of the olympics are governed by the USA Sports Council. This is one step closer to legitimizing pole dance/fitness as a sport as well as a step closer to future olympic goals. (Your business name) owner specifically has been selected to represent the top 20 studios in the United States by the USPSF executive committee. (Your business name) will be sharing competitions and updates on the progression of USPSF and you will also see the organization posting about (Your business name)! Some of the most well known studio names in the industry have been included as USPSF affiliates and we are honored to be considered with those businesses. http://theusasportscouncil.org/home/ http://theusasportscouncil.org/pole-sports/ http://uspolesportsfed.org/
Studio owner Katrina Wyckoff recognized as leader in the pole sport community along with other great pole stars! Katrina is proud and yet humbled to serve on the technical committee of the USPSF helping to write and improve the code of points (list of moves and scores) that athletes use in competitions.
Local pole fitness school Centre Stage Pole Fitness one step closer to Olympic bid
Pole has now been recognized as a sport. The International Pole Sports Federation gained Observer status from the Global Association of International Sports Federations. In Oro Valley, Centre Stage Pole Fitness is training for future Olympic bids. Katrina Wyckoff, the director of Centre Stage (1335 W. Lambert Lane #115), has trained pole athletes at her studio for the last four years. She’s seen the program “explode” at her studio, and now that pole has gained status as a sport, she looks to the opportunities to share with people what pole is all about. “It was the combination of the artistry, athleticism and adventure that just really made it a phenomenal experience for me and I just thought people have to see this, they have to try this, they have to know about it.” she said. Once an activity gains the status as a sport, it can take about eight years for it to have the opportunity to gain status as an Olympic sport. Luckily for Centre Stage, some of its youngest participants in pole sport are currently 7 years old. By the time pole sport is potentially recognized as an Olympic sport, the local school will host athletes at just the right age and have enough training to compete. Center Stage is one of only two studios in the U.S. currently training participants for world competitions and the Olympics in pole sport. “It’s very different than the stigma some people might think of. It’s just like any other sport, it’s full of people who are working hard and training as serious athletes.” Wyckoff said. Centre Stage currently has a competitive pole team of 20. The team enters competitions where their rou tine is judged by a panel on a number of criteria set for routines. Center Stage currently holds four national titles in pole sport, including one from the youngest athlete, Maren Wyckoff, 7, Kiera Eckel, 8 and Brianna McClanahan and Wyckoff as double pole sport champions as adults. Aside from competition, Wyckoff said anyone of any age or level of training can try pole sport. If a dancer comes in three times a week to a pole class, they could see a change in their strength in as little as three months. She encourages anyone who has interest to try it out. “I love the empowerment it brings to our students and the community. It’s this wonderful thing that builds strength while making an impact on our community.” Wyckoff said. It usually takes dancers one to two years to gain the skill and strength to compete in pole competitions. As the sport quickly grows, Wyckoff is optimistic about the sport and the opportunities Center Stage athletes will have with the sport as it becomes recognized at a national and international level. Center Stage will represent pole as a demonstration sport at the World Sport Games 2019 in Spain. “It’s really neat because we’re building the future of an Olympic sport here in Tucson.” Wyckoff said.
Posted: November 17, 2017 Leah Gilchrist is a University of Arizona journalism student and Tucson Local Media intern.
The Explorer did another piece Septmeber 2016
Centre Stage basking in the spotlight with Olympic ambitions
Watching 11-year-old pole sports phenom Paige Olson go through her complex and physically taxing routine in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of fellow athletes in London at the 2016 World Pole Sports Championship, coach Katrina Wyckoff said that she couldn’t call what happened next a surprise. When the woman operating scores stood up and said “Shut the front door, we just broke a world record,” Wyckoff said that all she could do was cry. Already a world champion, Olson – who trains out of Oro Valley-based Centre Stage Pole Fitness – won her age division, set a world record and was part of a United States team effort which netted a team championship. Of the seven women who represented the country, four hailed from the Oro Valley school. Olson and Wyckoff were joined in London by Zoe Blair and Bree McClanahan. While winning world championships and setting records is impressive – the woman of Centre Stage have higher ambitions. “None of this happens by accident, all of these things have been carefully planned out and we have a goal to see pole in the Olympics,” Wyckoff said. “We want to be a part of it when it goes there, so we are training as many athletes as we can and sending them to as many competitions as we can.” Though the establishment may be more than 10-years-old, Centre Stage has been involved in pole sports since the fall of 2014, with interest throughout the community spreading quite rapidly. Now boasting a team of more than ten athletes, Wyckoff is building momentum towards even more global success. Playing a quite visual role in that Olympic bid is young Olson, who was also selected by the International Pole Sports Federation as the poster child for Olympic recognition. “It’s so exciting,” Wyckoff said. “But I want to be clearthat the path is still long and there are, from the time that something qualifies, still several years. It’s not something that will happen for Tokyo but it’s something that we hope to happen for Paige. She is literally the poster child for this push to the Olympics.” Helping to develop and train Olson and other Centre Stage athletes, Wyckoff has expanded her business in recent months to better suit pole sports. The business has now opened a second location at 1335 West Lambert Lane #115. The new building includes competition-grade, 14-foot high poles, space for a competition set-up with two poles and a stage. Not a group to rest on their laurels, the Centre Stage team will continue to compete and spread word of the sport in the future. The team recently spent time as panelists in Las Vegas for the 2016 Pole Expo to discuss the Olympics. Next month Olson, Wyckoff and McClanahan will act as delegates of the sport at the TAFISA (The Association for international Sports for All) world games in Indonesia. Wyckoff also said there are plans to compete in the U.S. Pole Sport Federation national competition next January. According to Wyckoff, each win, each performance is one step close to the ultimate goal. “It’s a long journey and the sport has to continue to grow and one of those things is gaining recognition at sporting events like the TAFISA world games. It’s one step, were crossing off one more thing on the way to the Olympics.” For more information on Centre Stage Dance Studio or Pole Fitness, visit www.csdstucson.com.
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:40 pm Centre Stage basking in the spotlight with Olympic ambitions. Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer © 2016 Tucson Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Explorer did a special piece March 2016
Oro Valley at the epicenter of pole sports
One national championship wasn’t enough for 11-year-old Paige Olson, a point she most certainly made clear after taking home her second title in the U.S. Pole Sports Federation Championships, held last month in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to her national title, Olson has the privilege of being the highest ranked pole athlete in 10-14 age elite novice division in the country and second in the entire world. While Olson’s accomplishments are astounding all their own, she is not alone in excellence. Dancing, practicing and performing out of the Centre Stage Dance Studio in Oro Valley, the 11-year-old phenom is surrounded by a cadre of outstanding dancers, pole-sport athletes and mentors. The dance studio, which will soon celebrate its 10-year anniversary, is owned, operated and coached by Katrina Wyckoff. Wyckoff was trained at the studio herself before studying dance at Brigham Young University prior to a professional career. According to Wyckoff, the studio has had poles up in the establishment since the fall of 2014, though interest and popularity quickly spread among both students and the community at large. One of those students happened to be Olson, who had been enrolled for classical dance classes. Even though pole sports have become increasingly popular across the country, there is still a stigma present in American culture. Despite adverse views some may hold, Wyckoff said the program is G-rated, and calls it the “perfect combination of athleticism, adventure and artistry.” Joining Olson and Wyckoff on the pole sports team at Centre Stage are Andrea Ang, Carly Hauschild, Zoe Blair, Bree McClanahan, Nohelia Chan and Renee Peyton. The hard work each woman has put into their new passion has paid off in spades. Ang is ranked third in the nation in the women’s professional division; Hauschild one spot ahead; Blair is second ranked in the elite novice women’s division; McClanahan and Wyckoff hold the number two spot in the women’s elite doubles division and Chan is ranked third in the women’s elite 40-year-old and up division. Peyton will compete next year in the women’s elite 50+ divisions. When asked what has been the driving force behind all of the success at her studio, Wyckoff named vision as key. “Absolutely it’s vision,” she said. “I think that there are a lot of talented people out there, but I think that what really sets us apart is that we came into this with a purpose and with a vision.” Not only is the goal for the women at the studio to succeed in the sport, but also for pole sports to explode in popularity both locally and nationally — with a greater goal of becoming an Olympic sport. Wyckoff and her team aren’t alone in vying for future Olympic inclusion; there is a global movement to have the sport included. Though there is a huge drive, Wyckoff said any sport looking to join the Olympics must go through a lot in order to qualify. While the women wait, there is still plenty of change and innovation coming to the sport on a near-constant basis. With the advent of social media, athletes across the world are able to share new moves and routines on a scale previously impossible. Wyckoff and her team are able to keep up to date with others across the world as exciting moves are thought up, always working to stay on the cutting edge. Each new move may come in handy in December, when part of the team, Olson, Wyckoff, McClanahan and Blair, all travel to Geneva to compete in a world-wide competition. The entire team is also working on qualifying for a world competition this summer. Olson said she expects the worldwide competition to be much more difficult than what she has experienced in the U.S., a point which Wyckoff explained. “Pole sport is very much in its infancy here in the United States where some of these other countries — you look at the things that are going on in Russia and in the Czech Republic — we’re really like the first school that’s training kids,” she said. Despite stiff competition, more and more success continues to fall into their laps, and the women at Centre Stage Dance Studio are working tirelessly to show just how difficult, impressive and exciting pole sports truly is. More than a competitive sport, Wyckoff said what they do is a complete body workout. Between the physical strength required and the cardio for a four-minute routine, she compared it to an all out sprint with the added benefit of zero-impact. Centre Stage Dance Studio offers much more than pole sports; tap, jazz, hip hop, cheerleading, acrobatics and point are all taught. The studio is located at 10370 N. La Cañada Drive, on the east side of the street, just south of West Lambert Lane. Information can be found at www.csdstucson.com or calling by 498-0093.
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:00 am Oro Valley at the epicenter of pole sports Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer © 2016 Tucson Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.