The winner of the International Pole Championship in Hong Kong? Deborah Roach, the one-armed Australian winner of the disabled division who said that a circus-themed double act she saw in 2006 inspired her to take up pole dancing and acrobatics.

In 2009, she won a general pole competition, which allowed her to quit her IT job, get her first prosthesis, and learn how to ride a bike at 28-years-old.