Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


‘Maggie’ Lifts Real-Life Maggie Over the Moon

Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley, practicing her plant on a bamboo shoot at Zoo Miami, soared to new heights this season.

Maggie Wheatley, practicing her plant on a bamboo shoot at Zoo Miami, Florida, soared to new heights this past season for the SF Heat Track Club.

Aspiring pole-vaulter Margaret (Maggie) Wheatley discovered Maggie Vaults Over the Moon last summer. She was so inspired by the story, she stayed up all night to read it in one sitting, posting tweets about it on Twitter, and then she wrote a great review.

Wheatley tasted victory this season following the example of her storybook idol, Maggie Steele.

Maggie tasted victory this season by following the example of her storybook idol.

Wheatley, 16, will be a high school junior. She lives in Weston, Florida, where she is home schooled and competes for the SF Heat Track Club.

Author Grant Overstake says, “Maggie Wheatley is funny, bright, athletic, artistic, courageous, and wonderful. She has a passion for pole vaulting and her faith gives her the strength and zeal to overcome all obstacles. I’m happy to know that there’s a real-life Maggie in this world, and that she’s truly a great young woman.”

We caught up with her recently and she was excited to let us know how Maggie Steele, the heroine in the novel, continues to inspire her.

We think you’ll be inspired by the real-life Maggie, too.

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Sydney Hickert Soars at Shealy Pole Vault Camp

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. Continue reading


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Pole Vaulters Find $1 Million in College Scholarships in Rusty Shealy’s Backyard

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Shealy Athletics vaulters appear on the April cover of  Vaulter Magazine.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Longtime Realtor Rusty Shealy knows the value of a good piece of property. So after months of searching, he jumped at the opportunity to purchase a home with 4.5 wooded acres, plenty of space to teach youngsters everything he knows about his favorite sport.

Shealy’s wise investment at 121 Crockett Road, more specifically, his investment of coaching wisdom into the lives of hundreds of pole vaulters over the past 17 years, has returned an estimated $1 million in college scholarships for his athletes.

Shealy’s backyard facility is the place where athletes from the Southeastern United States and around the nation receive “The Unfair Advantage!” in their quest for greatness. In fact, Shealy Athletics vaulters won 6 South Carolina High School State Championships in 2013!

It’s a fitting tribute that Coach Shealy and some of his high school vaulters appear on the April 2014 cover of Vaulter Magazine. His list of outstanding vaulters is as impressive as it is long.

In 2013, Coach Shealy was the recipient of the prestigious Jeff Truman Memorial Pole Vault Summit–Shipan all-expenses paid trip to the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada, where the world’s elite coaches and vaulters honored him as one of the sport’s great coaches.

Coach Shealy was nominated for the award by veteran international pole vault “guru” David “DJ” Johnston, who wrote: “[Rusty’s] record for taking TOTAL beginners to national champions is unprecedented.”
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Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is Ready to Soar with Grand Prize Gear from Gill Athletics!

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie's Crowdfunding Campaign.

Saddleback Valley Pole Vaulting Club is rising to new heights thanks to Coach Dan Cassidy, who scored the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Young vaulters are rising to new heights every day at Saddleback Pole Vaulting Club in Mission Viejo, California.

Proud Sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

The Grand Prize Package includes a Mean Green Skypole, Skypole Pole Bag, and a roll of Ninja Elite Vaulting Grip Tape.

They’ll get an added boost with a Mean Green Skypole like Maggie used to vault over the moon!

Saddleback Coach Dan Cassidy scored the Skypole as part of the Grand Prize Package from Gill Athletics for his generous contribution to Maggie’s Crowdfunding Campaign.

Gill Athletics provided the Grand Prize package to help narrator Tavia Gilbert perform and produce Maggie Vaults Over the Moon on audiobook. The campaign will cover Tavia’s expenses, and lift the sport of pole-vaulting to a new audience. Continue reading


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Hard Work, Family Coaching Launch Desiree Freier to National HS Indoor Record!

Texas Pole Vault at EliteSportz product Desiree Freier soars to a national high school record 14'02.75" at the New Balance National Indoor.

Desiree Freier soars to a national high school record 14’02.75″ at New Balance Nationals Indoor. (Credit: New Balance Nationals).

FORT WORTH, Texas — They may call this The Lone Star State, but the sky above Fort Worth dazzles with many superstars from TexasPoleVault Club at EliteSportz.

The club’s brightest star is Desiree Freier, the new girls’ national high school indoor record holder.

A picture says 1,000 words about TexasPoleVault Club.

A picture says 1,000 words about TexasPoleVault Club at EliteSportz.

Freier soared 14’02.75″ last weekend at New Balance Nationals Indoor 2014 at the Armory in New York City. The performance capped a stellar indoor season for the high-flying Freier. The senior at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, also won her division at the Millrose Games with a vault of 14 feet. In fact, she set a record in every meet this indoor season!

Desieree Freier soars to national record.

Making it look easy, Freier soars to a national record!

Freier’s sky-high trajectory is the product of lots of hard work and great coaching from her father, George Rodriguez, and his son, Devin Rodriguez. They’ve been coaching her at TexasPoleVault since she picked up a pole in the 8th grade, and promptly soared to 10’09”!

Over the past four years, Desi, as she is known, has skyrocketed to become the top prep vaulter in the nation. Continue reading


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Campaign Over the Moon, Let’s Reach the Stars!

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Maggie Fans Met the 1st  Goal in 19 Days!

Maggie Fans Met the 1st Goal in 19 Days!

Because of your great response, we surpassed our first funding goal in only 19 days! Acclaimed audiobook narrator Tavia Gilbert will perform Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake. Her talented performance will lift this inspiring story to new heights and we can’t wait to hear it!

“Words can’t express how exciting it was to see our campaign reach its initial funding goal,” Overstake said. “We’ve got some exciting announcements to make over the next few days! Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this campaign possible!” Continue reading


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Help a Youth Soar with a ‘Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award’

TaviaforBlogHeaderScholarshipAwardWithout the timely support of a few key members of her caring community, storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele would never have vaulted over the moon.

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Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Awards will be presented to youth with the courage of pole-vaulting’s favorite storybook heroine.

But because the right people stepped up at just the right time, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kansas soared to amazing heights and became a shining example of courage and perseverance for young people everywhere.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of one determined teenager’s triumph over gravity whose life was changed by people who cared. Now you can help a worthy youngster soar with a “Maggie Steele Camp Scholarship Award” presented in your honor for a gift ranging from $200 to $400 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for a bighearted person to make a real difference at just the right time in a young person’s life,” said author Grant Overstake. “I know there are grown ups out there who remember that one person who gave them a boost just when they needed it. This is a chance to repay that act of kindness.” Continue reading