HISTORY Southpole Nordic Walking Cape Town South Africa
1930’s – Development: The roots of Nordic Walking go back to Scandinavia, when competitive cross-country skiers began experimenting with ways of staying fit during the snow-less summer months. They came up with a dry-land training method using the ski-ing poles EXCEPT without skis.
1980’s – Research: A series of sports medicine studies from this time positively correlates the use of walking poles with easy, high fitness levels and Nordic Walking for everyone was on!
1997 – Wrist-strap & Nordic Walking Poles: The next innovation, by a well known Ski Pole manufacturer, was special poles with a uniquely designed wrist strap – This made the present day NORDIC WALKING possible. This unique innovation enables the walker to effortlessly release the pole at the end of each back-swing, and grasp it again at the beginning of each back swing. This brought the use of all parts of the arms and shoulders into active use in activity!
With the first official Nordic Walking Poles, a new sport was born and introduced to the awaiting public.
This Nordic Walking wave soon swelled out from the Scandinavian countries to Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the rest of Europe, before rippling across oceans to America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and scores of others.
2006 – South Africa: Southpole Nordic Walking, the competence centre for Nordic Walking South Africa, was founded in Cape Town.
2016 – World Nordic Walkers: Today approximately 10 Million people in 65 countries are infected by the Nordic Walking enjoyment and benefits, making Nordic Walking is the fastest growing sport in the world.
2018 – Nordic Walking names: It is now also called or is known as:
- Pole Walking
- Urban Walking or
- Urban Poling
- In the USA, the equivalent is also called Exerstriding
- With variations such as Bungy Pumping
2019 – Africa & Nordic Walking: Thanks to Southpole Nordic Walking, South Africans are now writing the new chapter in the history of this exciting sport, recreation and fitness activity, on the African continent