Kids’ pole antics just ‘a sport’

Herald on Sunday Jun 27, 2010

Family values campaigners are concerned about a pole-dancing competition that opened with a display by young children. The Central Poledance Championships held in Wellington last night featured a performance by five children, aged between 8 and 13. Organiser Sarah Metcalfe said..”There’s no reason why it can’t be a family event.” She said competitors weren’t allowed to touch themselves or remove any clothing and had to wear items that covered sensitive areas. G-strings and see-through clothing were banned.

Family First campaigner Bob McCoskrie said pole dancing had sexual connotations and he had concerns about the children’s involvement. “My initial response was if it’s based around exercise and sport it’s a good thing. “If it’s around skimpy outfits and sexualised positions then it’s dodgy and the last thing we want 8 or 9-year-olds doing.” Women president Elizabeth Bang welcomed the exercise aspect of the activity but said the erotic links were hard to shake. She was concerned about the age of the children involved. “It would be interesting to see what they’re wearing.” Bang also questioned what sort of people were watching. “Hopefully they’re watching for the right reasons.”
Bob McCoskrie discusses this issue with Newstalk ZB Christchurch’s Mike Yardley