Pole vault workshop could see sport take off

A pole vaulting workshop at the NSC for prospective coaches and athletes went with a swing at the weekend.

The session was led by visiting coach Laurie Needham, himself a former five-metre pole vaulter who now coaches international-level competitors. Using poles brought specially by Mr Needham on the roof rack of his car – as the centre does not have enough of its own – athletes learned basic techniques and practised by vaulting across the long jump pit. The next challenge was to run at speed with the poles and vault over the bar. Poles cost £400 to over £1,000 and the island’s Athletics Association is now hoping to attract a sponsor willing to support an island pole vaulting school. Anyone interested should contact Trevor Christian, athletics development officer, on 688576 or email

Laurie Needham
Laurie Needham


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