"I'm Hanka Venselaar , 28 years old, from Nijmegen, representing the Netherlands.
In my daily life I'm a PhD student in bioinformatics and I'm trying to solve biological problems by using 3D-protein structures. I was a competitive gymnast but retired 4 years ago. I was desperately trying to find a new sport that is as challenging as gymnastics, and then I found pole dancing. I loved it from the start!
It requires the same amount of flexibility and strength as gymnastics but demands also a certain amount of show, something that I definitely missed in gymnastics. I try to turn every performance into a complete act with acrobatic skills, original combinations, but also with dance and clothes that fit the music. When I started pole dancing I did not think of competitions, but things change over time and I became the Dutch National Champion in 2008 and the Benelux Champion in 2009 and 2010.
Competing in the worlds feels like the next (big) step."
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