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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


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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Support Maggie, Get ‘The Unfair Advantage!’ at Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Camp!

Proud sponsor of Maggie's Audiobook Campaign.

Proud sponsor of Maggie’s Campaign.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Rusty Shealy Pole Vault Club has pledged five 3-Day Summer Vault Camp slots, valued at $425, for vault fans who contribute $375 to Maggie’s Audiobook Campaign!

Coach of champions, Rusty Shealy.

Rusty Shealy has coached many champions, including Sandi Morris, a junior at Arkansas, who finished 4th at the 2014 USATF Indoor Nationals with a soaring vault of 14-feet, 9.5 inches!

Coach Rusty Shealy is eager 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.

These awesome camps include meals and lodging and will be held on multiple start dates in June and July. The campaign is going on now through March 31st. Here is the link to the campaign site.

“Having Maggie in audio form will be a tremendous tool for our athletes,” Coach 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 quest. I am excited and eager to hear it myself.” Continue reading