These are boom times for pole vault in New Zealand.
Riding to a degree on the new popularity for the field discipline in the wake of Eliza McCartney’s bronze medal at last year’s Rio Games, numbers are up and there’s a belief that the sport can flourish for years to come.
McCartney is 20 and, odd as it might sound, she already has a protege, who is eclipsing her marks.
Olivia McTaggart has just turned 17, attends Kristin School and has a gymnastics background. She’s distinctly different in physique to McCartney but that just shows there’s more than one way to skin the pole vault game.