[Nottingham Post]

Two pole dancers are limbering up to raise money and make it into the national team.

Kat Bailey and Danielle Haynes have been asked to represent Team GB at the World Pole Dance Championships in China in April after impressing coaches at the Miss Pole Dance UK last year.

However, the Nottinghamshire duo now have to raise £3,000 to get there, as the places are unfunded due to the lack of sponsorship and the competition being run on a not-for-profit basis.

Mrs Bailey, 29, of Compton Acres, said: “We are both ecstatic about being given this chance.

“I have done national competitions before but nothing on this scale.

“We are looking for sponsorship because there are only so many bake sales we can do.

“We could get a loan to cover the cost of the trip but we would have to pay that back eventually.

“There is a team of ten going altogether if we can raise the money.

 “We are guaranteed to be in the final if we can make it over there, which would be fantastic.

“We have already started training and it would mean everything to me to represent the country because it has always been my dream.”

 At the Miss Pole Dance UK competition in October the pair were named winners of the Doubles Best Entertainer for their performance to Singin’ In The Rain, and they were also announced as joint overall winners – before sliding down to second on points.

Miss Haynes will mark her third year as a pole dancer in April after starting it as a hobby.

The 29-year-old mother-of-two, of Conifer Crescent, Clifton, said: “I never expected to be doing anything like this.

“This a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we are doing everything we can to raise the money.

“This year we are going to hold a talent show and raffles and I am going to be doing some performances.

“I am a single mum so I can’t really fork out a lot but if we do get to go it will be the biggest competition I have ever been in. We will be competing against the best of the best.”

The international competition has only been running since 2009.

Team GB coordinator Kay Penney said: “The girls are world standard and have a really good chance of winning the doubles.

“They are very unique and have power, flexibility and grace.

“It would be a great shame for pole sport and the country if they are not at the final.”

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