At a pole in Toronto, a young woman says a recent trip up the side of a pole had an unexpected and scary outcome. ( Rene Johnston / THE CANADIAN PRESS ) A young woman was hurt by a pole dancer’s pole in Toronto on Saturday. The woman was sitting on a large metal piece attached to a pole near a public school. She was thrown from her seat. ( Rene Johnston/THE CANADIAN PRESS )
“I was just in disbelief.” Her mother, who was sitting nearby, saw the incident from the side of the pole and said the girl was not thrown in the air. “I’m shocked, totally shocked,” said the woman’s mother, who asked that her name be withheld to protect her daughter’s mother from further trouble. She said she doesn’t want more young people to be injured on pole dancing. “They don’t realize the power that the pole can give you.” The woman was on a recent trip to Toronto’s Balmy Nights festival about 50 kilometres down the Don Valley Parkway with her friend, who was also watching the pole dance.
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“It wasn’t scary or anything,” the woman said. “I didn’t take it too personally … I just kept wondering when they are going to be back and stop and take it easier. It’s dangerous. The pole gives people power. If a kid gets hurt, it doesn’t bother me.” Balmy Nights organizers, meanwhile, say their volunteers do everything they can to minimize injury, and the organizers are investigating the incident. The woman was on a larger piece of wooden pole about seven metres off the ground, not attached to the pole but being hoisted about 10 metres by a group of people who used ropes or wire to carry it higher. She was standing nearby with her friend when the incident occurred and saw the two friends fall. She asked for her mother’s name to be withheld because she didn’t want her daughter to be bothered by questions about the incident or the accident.
The woman, who was wearing a red, short-sleeved dress with a black high heel, said she felt strong and confident before the incident, which took place near Eglinton Ave. W. and Eglinton Ave. W.
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A pole dancer said he saw an incident of an adult pole dancer swinging the pole “like a bat out his ass.” ( Rene Johnston )
“I thought she’s just going to fall and hurt herself, not
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