Pole vault requires strength, speed, and precision.
Like his competitors, Davison sophomore Bradly Rainwater has strength and speed and precision.
The one thing he doesn’t have that they do: eyesight.
“Everyone else looks at the box, they plant, they jump, and they can see the bar,” Rainwater said. “I don’t have any of that, so I have to go by feel.”
Davison was born with underdeveloped optic nerves, leaving him completely blind.
“I can see the lights, the sun when it’s out, the shadows beside me.”
Pole vaulting isn’t a new discovery for Rainwater. His dad and uncle both competed in pole vault. His grandfather, Brad Rainwater, is one of the track coaches at Davison.