Eri Kamimoto, 30, from Japan, who is deaf, emerged the winner of the disabled division in the International Pole Championship held in Singapore recently.
Her win inspired not just the other contestants, but also members of the audience who watched her graceful performance.
The four-hour competition was held last Saturday night at the National University of Singapore's University Cultural Centre, and attracted more than 1,000 people.
Organised annually by the International Pole Dance Fitness Association, the competition was held in Singapore for the first time this year.
It drew 30 of the world's best pole dancers from 12 countries, including Finland, Australia, Singapore and the United States.
The competition's Poland-born founder Anna Przeplasko said she decided to hold the competition in Singapore this year mainly because of pole dancing's increasing popularity here.
Contestants were judged for their technique, originality and choreography in five competition divisions: women's, men's, women's disabled, masters and doubles.
Winners clinched prizes such as training scholarships and professional sponsorship.
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