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Joburg lady ranked world number one in aerial sports activities after outstanding restoration from spinal damage



Aerial pole athlete Kaitlin Rawson injured her neck and backbone in a freak accident. She needed to relearn to stroll.

  • Kaitlin Rawson fell off poles throughout apply and injured her neck and backbone.
  • She needed to relearn to stroll. 
  • 5 months after her damage, she went again to the game and is now ranked primary in her class.

Six years after falling and breaking her again throughout coaching, Kaitlin Rawson has not solely made a outstanding restoration however is now ranked world primary in pole and aerial sports activities.  

Rawson and her mom, Debbie, took half in pole and aerial sports activities to bond. The 2 went to a studio in Johannesburg that provided aerial yoga, and that’s the place they found the sports activities. 

However two years after entering into the bodily intensive sport, Rawson had a freak accident throughout practise. She fell off the poles, injuring her backbone.  

“It was September 2016, and I misplaced my grip and fell. I landed on my neck and burst my vertebrae. I had fallen earlier than, however the way in which I landed this time was totally different.” 

She was within the intensive care unit for per week and needed to bear intensive rehabilitation to relearn learn how to stroll for 3 months.  

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5 months after her damage the 25-year-old was again in coaching on her beloved poles.  

“After I left the rehabilitation centre, I used to be not 100%, however I used to be eager to return to coaching. After I was in hospital and realised I might be advantageous, I began desirous about going again to coaching.” 

She began newbie lessons as quickly as her physique was as much as it.

 Kaitlin Rawson hangs upside down on a pole during

Aerial pole athlete Kaitlin Rawson injured her neck and backbone in a freak accident. She needed to relearn to stroll.

Final yr, in a digital competitors, she gained first place within the World Pole and Aerial Sports activities Championships. 

Rawson says as a result of her proper aspect has not absolutely recovered from the damage, she competes within the ParaPole PPM1 decreased muscle energy division of the competitors. In final yr’s competitors, Rawson needed to document a video of her routine and enter it into the competitors. She is at the moment ranked primary in her class worldwide. 

She stated:

It was an incredible achievement. Fascinated by what I needed to undergo after being injured and now having the ability to compete and signify South Africa internationally was extraordinary.

This yr the World Pole and Aerial Sports activities Championships takes place in October in Lausanne, Switzerland. The mom and daughter duo and 10 different South Africans have certified for the competitors. Debbie will compete within the over-40s class. 

“It’s so nice to compete with my mom. Hopefully, from us, there can be extra consciousness of the game. The game continues to be rising, and hopefully, increasingly folks will be a part of.” 

Debbie Rawson, coach Daniela Baker and Kaitlin Raw

Debbie Rawson, coach Daniela Baker and Kaitlin Rawson exhibit their gold medals from the pole and aerial sports activities.

Whereas she hopes the game grows, Rawson additionally has massive plans for herself at this yr’s competitors.

“My purpose is to get a gold medal once more and break the world document.” 

A smiling Kaitlin Rawson sitting on a wheelchair i

Kaitlin Rawson in hospital after her accident.

The present document for her class is 35 factors, held by Mexican athlete Isabel Aguilar. Final yr, she scored 37.1, however the on-line data didn’t depend.

“I hope to interrupt the document this yr. That’s what will make me blissful,” she stated. 


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