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It’s December and wow, it came extremely quickly once again. It seems that I’m saying this a little too often. It’s the best time of the year if you ask us, we love the holiday season for all the Christmas Cheer. Every year it seems that Christmas and our Candy Cane meet is the staple of our club and magazine. Such a fun event with friends and family around sharing Christmas joy. You can’t ask for more as we add the wonderful sport of pole vault right in the middle of it all. If you get a chance to come and join us, I would do just that. We will see you all at the 2022 EXPO Explosion meet in Texas. Come and join us for the fun.


What a cool cover by the United States Naval Academy with all the Christmas spirit around this amazing team. Once again, they make the whole process so flawless with their enthusiasm and professionalism. But there’s more to this amazing team then what meets the eye. “Rory Quiller spearheads the pole vault squad at the Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S Naval Academy is a federal service academy, and the athletes on the Navy track and field squad are held to high standards of achievement that look a little different than the usual college athletic experience.” What else can you say, this is a top-notch institution for military pole vaulting. Thank you for taking the time to bless us with your knowledge and insight. Sara knocked it out of the park with this article, thank you!


When I read the article from Daniel Bush each month, I get quite the chuckle with what he provides. Not only very well written and professionally done, but it’s also fun to follow along one month after another. ““He’s a stickler, dat Steve Stickler, ya?” I said.  “Lucky, he gave grace.” Arriving at the source of a traffic jam, a car had its hazard lights on as two men pushed it from behind.  “Hey, isn’t that Stickler?” Chuck asked, placing his gold medal on the dash.  “And he’s got Barlove with him.” Always wrapped in family values, hard work and discipline and we love that about his stories. “


Goals are a very efficient way to get through most aspects of life to include pole vault. If it’s New Years’, state championships, or league finals, it is good to set some short- and long-term goals that will help you navigate through the process of pole vault. Abbey sends in a sweet article how she sets her goals and the importance of doing so. Great read! “So, in short, my goal was to work so hard that I would accomplish my dreams.”


January 1, 2023 is right upon us and we will have the coast guard on the cover for the new year. Stay tuned for that edition, it will be a good one.

October 2019 Vaulter Magazine Rusty Shealy Issue of Vaulter Magazine U.S. Standard Mail

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October is the month that reminds you of home and what you college kids have left behind. As you venture to your new world as a college freshman, you will soon realize the essence of what you have learned from your parents and coaches of the past. October is the month of hard training and putting in the work that will pay off in the spring. This is pole vault and what you live for, this is October. Stay focused and before you know it, you will be jumping in your first fall/winter meet.

The man of the hour is Rusty Shealy on the cover for October 2019. Vaulter Magazine and the pole vault world both have known Rusty for quite a few years. Not only was he Sandi Morris’s high school and club coach, but he also has the most state champions out of any pole vault coach known to the sport. “Prior to starting as a coach in 1998, Rusty had minimal pole vault experience, but when local Columbia, South Carolina vaulters needed guidance, he stepped up to the challenge for them.” A fun read and a real down to earth story of a man on a mission. Good job!

Until you’re a master’s athlete and you can learn a new craft at a young age (62 years), you will never know the true journey of John Clark. As John would title this article, “A life-changing experience”. October 2017 was the date that forever changed John and his outlook towards life. “Besides going to work at a job I detested, I wasn’t doing much else other than sitting on the couch every night, staring at the TV, self-medicating with unhealthy amounts of alcohol, only to get up in the morning and do it all over again.” We are glad that the sport has started a new venture for John and we’re thankful daily that he finds the time to keep us informed on the life of a Master’s athlete.

Tokyo is calling and soon we will reach the 2020 Olympics and see the venue that so many athletes aspire to pole vault in. As Tokyo prepares and builds a massive stadium at a cost that could easily feed the world, we are reminded of the scope of this four-year process. “Construction of the new National Stadium has continued despite numerous roadblocks, including budget constraints that significantly altered architect Zaha Hadid’s original design.” There have been setbacks just like all of the past stadium builds, but somehow, they manage to make it all work. Great read for sure!

Next month we will have a surprise and show the community what we are thankful for. Stay Tuned.

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