KIM ONG: THE SKINNY FAT GIRL
I grew up in Malaysia with delicious unhealthy yummy food. I was eating large portions but was still very skinny and gaunt-looking. I lacked awareness on healthy eating and fitness.
I was a student of ballet for 10 years and stopped exercising altogether from 2002-2009 till I started pole dancing.
In 2009, I got married and moved to Australia with my husband who is a three-time Olympic track cyclist and Commonwealth gold medalist representing Malaysia. When we got together, I had no clue about fitness.
While I was new to Australia at the end of 2009, I searched for dance classes in Prahran at Pole Divas and stumbled upon pole dancing via google search and decided to attend, on my own, a Polesations class with Shelley and was immediately hooked! Shelley’s skills with the pole absolutely had me in awe. I wanted to be like her. I immediately enrolled into a static pole dancing course and doubled my sessions on spinning poles. I learnt more from and about each pole dancing instructor and wanted to emulate them.
Back then, I was living 1km away from Pole Divas Prahran and always looked forward to my classes. It seemed like there was always time for my dance classes. I would clock off work at 5pm in the city, get home and cook for my husband and still have time to get fit at pole sessions!
I love pole dancing because it is an extension of what I had left off at ballet. People have told me that I’ve been lucky to have had a ballet background. I did lose a bit of flexibility while being dormant from dance but I managed to retrieve my flexibility after I started pole dancing again! There is a never-ending journey with pole dancing in search of our ultimate fitness. I am still working on my splits and will someday achieve over-splits!
AWARDS & BACKGROUND
I am honoured to have had the opportunity to compete and train in ballet for ten years in my earlier days up to Advanced level in the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD).
At Pole Divas, I competed in Unleashed 2010 (Intermediate) dancing to a Kung Fu theme.
In 2011, Jen Cheah and I emerged as winners in the doubles category of Unleashed 2011 dancing to Bohemian Rhapsody.
In 2012, I went on a 3-month holiday overseas and explored pole dancing at various studios in France, Italy and USA including the Pole Expo in Las Vegas.
In 2013, I decided to join not just one but two pole competitions and decided to take it overseas! I emerged as the winner of the Amateur Open category of the Pole Stars Championships 2013 in Malaysia which featured competitors from all over Asia. A month later, I competed in Unleashed 2013 and won the Best Dressed category in my red fiery outfit.
I have been blogging since 2002 and started posting about pole dancing since 2009. My blog has inspired a handful of people to take up pole dancing.
PLANS & GOALS
If I were selected as a Pole Divas Ambassador, I will ensure the following:
Join Unleashed 2015 or similar pole dancing competitions, push my body to a higher level.
I will continue to be an advocate in nutrition, fitness and pole dancing through social media portals like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @kimongsk and blog at kimong.com.
I will accept circus arts performances/ gigs in Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur and embrace my role as a pole dance performer.
I will also continue to promote Pole Divas and pole dancing internationally through participation in a closed “Pole Dancing Bloggers” only network, visit international pole dancing studios, competitions and expos.
I will be an active member to contribute my ideas to Pole Divas, as a voice of students to help both parties improve: instructors and students.
I will continue to introduce others to do pole dancing as I have with a handful of people including Chong Wui Leng who has inspired others to pole dance! Also with pole dancing, I have inspired my sister Jean Ong in Malaysia to lose 17 kgs early this year. It’s marvellous what social media can do to help others achieve their goals the same way as I have been inspired too.
I’ll always be at the pole studio to practice together with other students.
I’ll continue to learn more about the pole dancing fitness industry and would like to explore the idea of being a Pole Divas franchise owner someday or a pole dance instructor.
A BETTER MARRIAGE
Pole dancing has improved my marriage. It’s not just about bringing sexy floor work into the bedroom!
For the past few years, pole dancing has improved my discipline at home; my time management in being able to juggle work, home and exercise! Oh, and especially the hours put into preparing for pole competitions too! I have become mentally stronger and am constantly challenging myself and immersing myself in positivity to achieve my next pole goal.
Being the wife of such a high-performing athlete has its challenges and former arguments had always been about my lack of exercise (for my own benefit) but this was never the case since I started pole dancing! The energy my husband and I share from our sports (pole dancing and cycling) has placed a good impact on our relationship. Also, my husband loves a fitter me!
As you know, pole dancing has just been recognised as a sport in the World Pole Gymnastics Federation (WPGF). There is an ongoing petition for pole dancing to be included in the Olympics. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could represent my country at the Tokyo 2020? My retired husband can then cook my meals while I go for my pole training on a daily basis! It might be a long shot but hey, it all starts with a dream and a goal. Nothing is impossible. Look at the wonderful and inspiring ladies I’ve been associated with now from pole dancing.
For the past two months, I have been doing some soul searching because I turn 30 years old on 5 October 2014. I question my priorities on life, family, work and fitness.
I decided that I have spent so much time and energy in pole dancing that it is a waste to let it slip when I am so highly associated with pole dancing amongst my peers and even friends who once thought of pole dancing as sleazy have a newfound respect in this art form. This really means something and I have decided to focus my energy on pole dancing in 2015.
I am that girl (uhhh, thirty year old woman) who will take my fitness to a higher level because I am the typical skinny fat girl in pursuit of a fitter body. I am today and tomorrow, not what I was yesterday; a “skinny fat girl”. I have muscles and I look much healthier.
Come and walk with me on this pole fitness journey and I hope to be your Pole Divas Prahran Ambassador.
Pole Divas Student