Teen star soaring on back of upswing in pole vault interest

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.

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