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Meet Giulia Chironna

As part of Global Week, we spoke to Giulia who tells us how she first got involved in pole, and what her biggest achievement in sport is.

NTU student Giulia hanging from a pole
Giulia is president of the Pole club.

Giulia Chironna

Year of study: 2nd
Course studied: Forensic science

What sports do you play: Pole dancing
How often: 3-4 times a week

How did you get into sport? Whether this was for the first time at university or from a young age.

I tried pole for the first time at uni. I had a taster session during freshers week and I absolutely loved it. I have no background in dancing or gymnastics but as soon as I tried it I fell in love with it and now it's my favourite way of keeping active and its such a good way to get rid of stress.

How do you feel when you are competing in or playing your chosen sport?

When I train I always put 100% in it and whenever I compete I get very nervous at first but nothing compares to the feeling I get when I perform. It's such a rewarding sport. You start having no strength whatsoever and as you train your flexibility and strength increase in no time.

International students might find themselves feeling homesick or isolated at university – do you think sport can help in any way?

Pole is not just a sport, it's a club that offers socials as well. It's become my second family. I met people at pole that are now my best friends and I couldn't imagine my uni life without them. It definitely helped me built my confidence and amazing relationships!

What is your best achievement during your time at university so far - either in or out of sport?

My biggest sport related achievement so far has being getting first place in my first ever competition last year and this year being president has taught me so much. In regards to university I have smashed my exams last year and hopefully I'll be able to do the same at the end of this year!

We spoke to Giulia as part of NTU Global week running 25 February - 04 March, where NTU Sport are taking the opportunity to celebrate our multinational community and highlight how sport and physical activity can enhance your university experience and bring people together!

To find out more about all the amazing events and opportunities that you can get involved in as part of Global week click here.

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Published on 19 February 2019
  • Category: Sport