Two time competition winner and pole fitness fanatic Shelley Blundell isn’t ready to stop spinning any time soon.
After recently winning first place in the expert category at the United Kingdom Amateur Pole Performers competition in Manchester, the Blackpool lass is now relentlessly preparing for the finals in Luton later this year.
The recent competition, held in Altrincham on August 4, saw Shelley, 39, and fellow artiste Deborah Alston impress the judges in their chosen categories.
Both ladies will attend the final on the November 10 with new routines in pole and hoop performances, hoping to be crowned the winners.
Shelley said: “I’ve come up with a whole new routine.
“My intentions are to learn some new moves.
“We had two and a half minutes to perform at the last competition, this time we’ve got three minutes to work with which is great.”
After being with ECN Body Works on Chiswick Grove, Blackpool, for nearly five years, Shelley has conquered one local competition after another, but this will be the first time she’ll be competing with other pole performers from around the country.
With a background in gymnastics, Shelley, of Stonyhill Avenue, South Shore, is sticking to the instrumental music to accompany her routines in a hope that the judges will focus more on her skills and expertise in the sport.
Shelley said she was keen to quash stigmas attached to pole fitness for good.
She added: “I believe eventually they’d love to take pole performances into the Olympics, to really build up it’s repertoire.
“I hope that it’s finally recognised as a sport.”