Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Pole Competitor Chaperone World Pole Sport & Fitness 2012

The Importance of a Pole Competitor Chaperone
Miss Pole Dance UK www.misspoledance-uk.com
World Pole Dance - www.worldpoledance.com

Chaperone Duties and responsibilities.
Competitor Chaperones were introduced into pole competitions  by Kay Penney in 2004

Over the years this important role has been somewhat under estimated. But without the valuable support of these important people many of the competitors and pole masters would not be where they are today

Who makes a good chaperone?

This obviously depend on the competitor of course as not each person requires the same support as each other.
Examples of a good chaperones would be
Your training partner
Your instructor
Your partner
Someone who knows you really well
Your best friend

What are the main roles of a competitor chaperone?
And why have a chaperone to support each competitor?

Again these roles vary from competitor to competitor but the duties below may be considered
·         To look after the competitors belongs during training and the competition itself
  • ·         Help with costumes, makeup and hair
  • ·         Support in travel to and from the venues
  • ·         Support during rehearsals and stage preparations
  • ·         Support for physical massage and sports therapy which may include stretching and injury prevention
  • ·         Mental support in maintaining peak performance
  • ·         To give valuable feedback during training and competition warm ups and presentations
  • ·         To be the professional voice between the competitor and organisers
  • ·         To look after and collect any props after the show
  • ·         To help with competitor and music registrations
  • ·         To help with pole preparation and cleaning
  • ·         To help maintain their hydration and nutrition levels

What are the down sides of being a competitor chaperone?

You will be the first one usually that a competitor may ‘stress to’ should such a situation arise. It is important that you do not take the comments literally and personally and always have a supportive, positive and encouraging manner no matter how stressful the situation may appear at that time.

Quite often your duties require you to be back stage during the completion as your competitor may wish to have you  back stage with them for moral support, which may mean you either miss the show or have very limited viewing.

What are the advantages of being a chaperone?
Apart from the obvious one of supporting a dear friend and being a part of their success there is that sence of accomplishment and of course contribution.

You also get to be alongside some of the great pole champions where otherwise you may not have the opportunity.
In some situations you get reduced ticket cost and priority VIP seating

Please NOTE: 
Not all competitions may offer this duty so please do check with your organisers before enrolling and registering.

Miss Pole Dance UK www.misspoledance-uk.com
World Pole Dance - www.worldpoledance.com

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