Kate Dennison

Country: Great Britain

Date of birth: 7/5/1984

Place of birth: Durban, South Africa

Gender: Female

Height: 170cm / 5ft 7in

Weight: 57kg / 8st 13lbs

Most pole vaulters are a bit crazy. Putting yourself upside down and over a bar. It’s not the most sane event.

Career highlights:

The first-ever British junior to clear four metres and later broke the British record – nine times, in the space of a year. By the time she was finished messing around with the national mark it stood at 4.60m. Or at least it did until July 2011, when it was beaten by teenager Holly Bleasdale.

RANDOM FACTHopes to become a photographer after retirement. “I would love to do it professionally and might do a proper course when I get the time,” she has said.

How it all began:

Started as a gymnast and finished fourth in the under-12 National Gymnastics Championships. But did not feel passionate about the sport and switched to pole vault in 2000.

RANDOM FACTBorn in Durban to a South African father and a Zambian mother. At the age of four the family moved to… Alsager in Cheshire. We’re sure they had a perfectly good reason.

Biggest Disappointment:

Widely expected to bring home gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, but a jump of 4.25m was disappointing and only good enough for bronze.

RANDOM FACTShe has a pair of lucky socks that she intends to wear until the Olympics. “They are getting rather tatty, but they have served me well,” she says.


Few are likely to challenge Russian world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest pole vaulter of all time. Jennifer Stuczynski of the United States will have a go, while new kid on the block Bleasdale is Dennison’s fiercest domestic challenger.

By The Telegraph

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Kate Dennison


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