Ellie DeLucia defying odds as a legally blind pole vaulter

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Hamburg senior Ellie DeLucia knows that to take flight, she has to put her best foot forward.

“You just have to be confident, know your steps, get your mark and you’ll be good,” she said.

Ellie first picked up the sport as a freshman which isn’t an easy thing to do.

“You have to have that ambition and that desire to do something that’s exciting,” she said. “But also a little scary.”

It’s even scarier when you can’t see the bar.

“You are only as limited as you allow yourself to be,” she said.

“If she (DeLucia) can do this, you can do anything,” added Hamburg coach Chuck Mancabelli.

Ellie is legally blind. She lost most of her sight after doctors discovered she had a brain tumor as a kid, but that hasn’t stopped her. She’s been overcoming obstacles both on and off the track ever since.

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