Business and psychology student, Trang Ho, recently competed in the Australian Pole Championships in Sydney. Trang studies on the Gold Coast campus and has been a member of the Griffith Cheerleading Club since 2014.

With a background in dance and rhythmic gymnastics, Trang started pole dancing just two years ago and has been training up to four times a week in preparation for the competition. Trang says she enjoys the complicated moves and strength tricks of pole dancing.

“I love how it makes me feel like a ninja on the pole. It’s being a ninja and doing really cool flips on the pole. It’s the athleticism” says Trang.

Trang placed third at the Queensland State Championships in June to qualify for the national competition where she competed in the amateur division. Competitors were required to perform a two and a half minute routine that was judged on a range of criteria including the difficulty of the tricks, transitions and dance.

The Gold Coast Student Guild offered financial support to Trang to help her attend the Australian Pole Championships. Trang says that the financial assistance offset a portion of her flight and accommodation costs and that she is grateful for the Guild’s support to attend her first national level competition.

The Guild seeks to support students in their sporting endeavours by offering bi-annual Sporting Scholarships as well as limited discretionary funding. You can find more information on Sporting Scholarships here.


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