Elite-level pole vaulting is not for the feint of heart. But a little closer to Earth and with a cadre of pole vault experts, learning the sport’s toughest challenge is the first step toward mastery.
And boys and girls of all skill levels — beginner, intermediate and advanced — can get the foundation today at The Armory as the Armory Foundation presents the 2012 High School Pole Vault Clinic.
The clinic is being directed by Armory Foundation board member Will Nesbitt and the Hudson Valley Flying Circus Academy.
The HVFCA is a highly respected club based in Warwick, N.Y., and run by Coach Tim St. Lawrence and Coach Hugh Cauthers. Both have coached state and national champions — including Armory high school record holderJordan Yamoah. ArmoryTrack.com ran this story on the academy back in 2010.
In addition to these top-level coaches some of the area’s best high school coaches will be on hand as clinicians. They include Brian Carney of Fordham Prep, Jerry Cahill of Iona Prep and Ursuline and Jim Henderson of St. Anthony’s and the Warehouse Vault.
Cahill — who lives with Cystic Fibrosis — has been featured on numerous news outlets over the past six months after receivinh a lung transplant in April. Now heading the scholarship and transplant grants for the Boomer Esiason Foundation, he is an inspiration to all. Watch the Courage in Sports episode featuring Cahill here.
The event will be conducted by the Flying Circus Pole Vault Academy as well as elite high school pole vault coaches from the metropolitan area. The free clinic runs from 3:30 to 6:30 pm and all participants must bring their own poles.
Other quick rules are — 1. no spikes; and 2. each high school is restricted to 10 athletes.
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