Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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West London Pole Vault Coach Ellie Spain Endorses ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’

West London Vault Coach Ellie Spain, center, a former British champion, has endorsed Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

West London PV Coach Ellie Spain, center, loves ‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’.

LONDON — A former British Champion and Great Britain International in the pole-vault has endorsed the inspirational sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

WestLondonPoleVaultLogoMaggie is a great read for any aspiring young athlete, and covers many of the topics young people and athletes face as they grow as a person and in sport,” writes Ellie Spain, Coach of the West London Pole Vault Club.

Maggie Vaults Over the MoonMaggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of Maggie Steele, a gutsy Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by top vaulters and coaches around the world, including Coach Spain, who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.

West London Pole Vault is a new training squad founded in 2012 to promote pole-vaulting and provide a stable, professional training set-up for athletes to develop as a pole vaulter and a person. The club trains at the beautiful indoor facility at Brunel University.

“It’s a young group and we’re a young squad,” Coach Spain says. “I’ve had most of the crew for less than a year, so we have a way to go! I’m excited for winter training, as it will be the first winter of this scale. I’m hoping the combined energy and passion of the group will really boost them all over the winter and help them onwards!”

UK Champion Ellie Spain was one of the greatest vaulters in British history. Photo used by permission,  Richard Lane Photography.  http://www.richardlanephotography.co.uk

Now mentoring youngsters in the sport, Ellie Spain was the 2006 British Champion. Photo by Richard Lane Photography. http://www.richardlanephotography.co.uk

Coach Spain is eager to introduce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon to her young vaulters.

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Olympic Torch-Bearer Inspired by ‘Maggie’

John Mayor is one of Great Britain's greatest and most treasured athletes.

John Mayor is one of Great Britain’s greatest and most treasured athletes.

A champion who carried the Olympic flame now carries a torch for Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

John Mayor — a 33-time British champion in masters athletics (track and field) — says, “I thought Maggie was a fantastic book; well put together and very inspirational!”

John Mayor is a 33-time British national masters athletics champion.

John Mayor is a 33-time athletics champion.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon tells the story of a Kansas farm girl who overcomes tragedy and soars to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The novel has been endorsed by US Olympic pole vaulters, coaches, school counselors, and now, by an Olympic Torch-Bearer, who’s spreading the word about the novel’s inspiring message for young people.

“It’s a great book!” Mayor said, adding, “I’ve passed it on to a pole-vault coach at my club and she will recommend it to all the people in her group.”

As a former world pentathlon champion, Mayor has run about a zillion meters in his career. But none were more memorable than the 300-meter relay leg he ran with the Olympic torch last summer through King George Park in his hometown of Stevenage, about 30 miles north of London. Continue reading