Maggie Vaults Over the Moon

Sydney Hickert Soars at Shealy Pole Vault Camp

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High-flying Sydney Hickert is following the lofty trajectory of Maggie Steele.

High-flying Sydney Hickert soared at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp.

COLUMBIA, SC – Sydney Hickert was soaring with Maggie at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp this past week.

Hickert, of Summerville, S.C., jumped at the opportunity to claim a discounted camp spot, which was offered as a major perk by Shealy Athletics to support Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

Sydney and her fellow campers had loads of fun at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp.

Maggie Award Winner Sydney Hickert had loads of fun at Shealy PV Camp.

Sydney helped put the campaign over the top, and to honor her contribution, Shealy Athletics received a giant Maggie banner, and she and her fellow campers received copies of the novel as Maggie Awards.

Hickert, who attends Cane Bay High School, is following the same trajectory of other vaulters Shealy has coached to glory, including Arkansas University’s Sandi Morris, who finished 2nd at the recent 2014 USATF Outdoor Nationals (14-11).


Dozens of Shealy’s vaulters have soared to glory, including national silver medalist Sandi Morris.

Rusty-AdSydney placed fourth at Class AAAA state championships this season with a vault of 11-0, and by all accounts, she has the same drive and determination as heroine Maggie Steele, the gritty Kansas farm girl who, with hard work, dedication and great coaching, soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter.

“Shealy Athletics is the kind of place where Maggie would feel right at home,” said author Grant Overstake. “It’s a positive place where vaulters like Sydney learn to soar over the moon, to the stars.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be performed this summer by Tavia Gilbert, a six-time Audie Award Finalist and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winner.

Library Journal said this highly-acclaimed actress is “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” She has narrated more than 250 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks.

TaviaGilbertHeaderWithWordsIndiegogoCoach Shealy was eager to support the campaign to bring an inspiring story to life.

“Having Maggie in audio form will be a tremendous tool for our athletes,” Shealy said. “Many travel two to three hours each way for a two hour practice. This will be a great opportunity to listen to the audio version on practice days, preparing them mentally as they embark on their own epic quests. I’m excited and eager to hear it myself.”

Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp is the place where athletes from the Southeastern United States and around the nation receive “The Unfair Advantage!” in their quest for greatness. In addition to plenty of pole-vaulting, Sydney and her fellow campers had loads of fun at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp.

Watch this awesome video from the 2014 Maggie Award Camp produced by Sandi Morris!

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is available in paperback and eBook through, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and other online booksellers.

Rusty Shealy Athletics was a major sponsor of Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

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