[RHIANNON TUFFIELD | Shepparton News]

‘‘We didn’t expect to do as well as we did, it was more about having fun, and we were really just there to give it our best shot because that’s all we could do.

At a competition which often takes half a year to prepare for, pole gymnasts Julz Chua and Shanae Griffiths did not believe three weeks of training would cut it.

But it was their non-stop hard work and dedication for three weeks which landed the pair third place in a national pole dancing competition, bringing home a raft of awards to a small Mooroopna studio.

‘‘Julz and Sally (Plant) had entered Survivor (Amateur Pole Championships) a couple of months ago and were training, but Sally got an injury on her arm and it got worse,’’ competitor Shanae Griffiths said.

‘‘It got to a point where she couldn’t do it any more, so with three weeks until the competition I jumped in.’’

The duo, from Elite Pole Dancing, placed third in the Survivor Amateur Pole Championships, up against 52 others who had up to six months to prepare.

Miss Griffiths, who has been solo pole dancing for the past three years, said she had limited experience in duo pole dancing when she volunteered to take on the challenge.