Rockhampton's Tamara MacKenzie won the Queensland Pole Championships Amateur division in June 2015.
Rockhampton's Tamara MacKenzie won the Queensland Pole Championships Amateur division in June 2015. ARP33.com

Pole dancer wins amateur title after Back to Future routine

WHEN Tamara MacKenzie stepped into the future for two and a half minutes, she never thought she'd bring back a winning title.

The Rockhampton pole dancer, who performed a Back to the Future-styled routine, took out first prize in the Queensland Pole Championships last month where she was crowned champion of the amateur division.

Tamara, 31, said the Queensland championships were her first competition in the six years she had been pole dancing.

"I had been encouraged a lot by my instructor from Beyond Gravity Pole Fitness Academy to compete but never had the courage to do so until now," she said.

"It was a nerve-racking and exciting experience for me but I'm glad I took on the chance for something new and challenging. I never thought I was going to win my first competition though, I was gobsmacked.

Tamara MacKenzie (amatuer division winner) and Tammy Grindlay (professional division winner) and former Rockhampton pole dancer celebrate their victory at the Queensland Pole Championships.
Tamara MacKenzie (amatuer division winner) and Tammy Grindlay (professional division winner) and former Rockhampton pole dancer celebrate their victory at the Queensland Pole Championships. Courtesy of Chi Chu Photography

"When I heard my name, I looked back at the other finalists who were cheering me on and I walked hesitantly towards one of the judges who gave me my award but I was in complete disbelief.

"I was overwhelmed with excitement and I didn't sleep for the next 40 hours."

In the weeks leading up to the competition, Tamara spent every spare minute she had in the studio, perfecting her moves and technique.

"I had a little over eight weeks to prepare so most of my weekends and afternoons were dedicated to training," she said.

"I performed a Back to the Future-styled routine dressed as Marty McFly and even had my husband Andrew make me a hover board that I used. I wanted to perform something that would be completely unique and unforgettable."

Tamara will now compete in the Miss Pole Dance Queensland heats next month and in the Australian Pole Championships in September.