After winning the Victorian Pole Championships (VPC) earlier this year, Allison Murphy, went on to place third in the Australian Pole Championships (APC) on Friday, December 2.

Local pole dancer, Allison, took to the stage at Federation Square earlier this month, with her ‘Hella the Goddess of Death’ routine, earning her third place in the APC.

“It was something completely unexpected,” Allison said.

“Winning the Victorian Pole Championships was super unexpected. To compete on a national stage was really daunting; even placing, it is still kind of setting in.

“Did I ever think I would compete at a national level? No.”

Allison dominated the VPC at Federation Square back in August, taking out the amateur championship title and scoring a spot in the APC with her ‘Black Widow’ routine.

Shortly after competing in the VPC, Allison made her way to Shepperton for the Regional Pole Championships, where she took out first place in the elite pole category.

Returning from Shepperton, Allison knew it was time to get to work, with APC fast approaching.

“It was head down, ass up after winning VPC, really taking my routine to the next level,” she said.

“I was playing it safe but bringing something new, something that was worthy of the APC stage.”

Allison spent four months preparing for the APC, working on ideas for a new performance, and coming up with a completely new character and routine.

“My character was Hella, the Goddess of Death from Thor Ragnarok,” Allison said.

“I have been doing Avengers characters for years; I chose strong, powerful women, and I really wanted to try something different and do an evil character.”

Allison’s character selection was not the simplest, as her costume warranted numerous helping hands over hours of sewing, gluing, cutting and mending.

“It was a lot of work pulling off the costume, a real team effort,” Allison said.

“Mum and I spent hours and hours just trying to think how to put the costume together; it was really technical.

“A friend of mine made my headpiece; it took two months,” she said.

“She took moulds of my head, wrapped my head in glad wrap and duct tape and then I had to train in the headpiece to see if I could actually do the routine in it.

“Once we got it right, it all came together; you can’t do the routine without it. It would be like doing Cruella Devil without two-toned hair; it was a really crucial element.

“One of my students (at PhysiPole Studios Traralgon) braided my hair, and another did my make-up.

“It was a big team effort, and I am super grateful to have these people in my life.”

Australian Pole Championships third place winner Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy placed third in the Australian Pole Championships at Federation Square on Friday, December 2. Photos: Contributed

For Allison, the team effort didn’t stop at the costume front.

“My training schedule was really tough,” she said.

“I was really busy at work and at Airforce cadets, where I volunteer.

“I was up for training at 5am, then I’d go to work. On Wednesday nights, I teach pole at PhysiPole Studios (Traralgon), train for a few hours after, I would be home by 10:30-11pm, and on weekends, I would spend hours training.”

Allison praised her instructors from Kylie J studios, who she trains with via Zoom and the community at PhysiPole Studios in Traralgon.

“PhysiPole Traralgon, I couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of people, ” she said.

“Super supportive, giving advice when I ask for advice, really amazing group of people.”

On December 2, Allison and nine other competitors respectively took the stage at Federation Square, performing their routines in the APC amateur division.

Allison confesses that, although finishing third, she wasn’t satisfied with her APC performance.

“When I came off stage, I was pretty disappointed,” she said.

“Essentially, I had a bit of a fumble in my choreography; it looked fine, but being the perfectionist I am, I wasn’t happy with my performance.

“My pole skills were really good, I was really happy with that, but with the choreography, I was a bit uneasy.

“I am super competitive; I always go in wanting to do my best,” Allison said.

“I was really super surprised I placed; weird feeling because it wasn’t my best performance.”

Allison has been blown away at her newfound platform, following her achievements at the Regional Pole Championships, VPC and APC.

“That is the biggest difference for me; I now have this platform in pole dancing,” she said.

“Since VPC, we’ve held workshops at PhysiPole Studios, I have judged competitions, and we are looking to do paid performances at the studio.

“I am really grateful for the platform and ability to promote the sport.”

Despite its growing popularity and proven physical and mental health benefits, there is still a stigma associated with pole dancing, which Allison is determined to eradicate with her platform.

“Pole dancing is one of those sports that has a stereotype,” she said.

“I love that I have the chance and platform to change the way the sport is viewed because it is so much more than the associated stereotype.

“It is a supportive, healthy environment, and everyone gets something different out of it.”

Allison is now preparing for her next competition, Hardcore Pole Dancing Championships, which will be hosted in Sydney on Saturday, May 20, 2023.