Three years after basically stumbling across pole vault, Nick Masini is on the verge of representing Australia at international competition.

The Western Athletics young gun had never seriously considered a career in pole vault, but a chance competition got him hooked on the event.

“One weekend, my team needed points to make it to the finals and we didn’t have anybody to compete in the pole vault,” Masini said.

“I just decided to learn it for that and then I really enjoyed it, so I kept on going.

“I didn’t expect anything out of it, I was hoping for the basics and to learn something new, but after a few sessions and one of the competitions, the coach said you’ve qualified for nationals.”

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Pic of Nick Masini, who is a star pole vaulter at the Maribrynong Sports Academy. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

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