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Phillip Carrero Captures the Art of Vaulting in Painting of American Legend Joe Dial

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Australian Phillip Carrero’s giant oil on canvas captures Joe Dial soaring 18-8 in 1986, one of the most memorable vaults in the American legend’s illustrious career.

By Grant Overstake

[Reprinted from the March 2014 Issue of VAULTER MAGAZINE]

For more than forty years, Australian master painter Phillip Carrero has meticulously captured the likenesses of public figures, military heroes, and outstanding athletes, whose images are on display at the Olympics Athletic Centre in Sydney. 

The stunning oil on canvas by Phillip Carrero is presented to American legend Joe Dial as a surprise birthday gift at costume pole-vault fund-raiser for the ORU track program. The crowd cheered as Shawna and Joe posed with two of their three children, Tyler, at left, and Tommy.

The painting was a birthday gift presented at a fund-raiser for the ORU track program. Shawna and Joe posed with two of their three children, Tyler, at left, and Tommy.

Over and above all, however, the artist from Down Under is on top of the world when painting the graceful athletes who soar in one of the world’s most beautiful and artistic sports — pole-vaulting.

Carrero’s dual passions are manifested in his most recent work, a stunning image of American legend Joe Dial, one of the world’s all-time great vaulters.

Dial, who was the first high school pole-vaulter to clear 18 feet, and the first college pole-vaulter to clear 19 feet, is the first US vaulter to have his career captured by the world’s greatest painter of pole-vaulters.

CarreroMaggieBackgroundNameIn the painting, the former world-record holder is shown clearing the bar at an indoor meet held at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City in 1986 with an American flag as a backdrop.

Because it was his first painting of an American pole-vaulter, Carrero was compelled to do his best work. “I was acutely aware I had been asked to do a painting of an American icon and really wanted to produce something as good as the subject was,” he said.

The artwork was commissioned as a surprise 51st birthday gift by Joe’s wife, Shawna.

“The biggest meaning of this painting is that everything I’m passionate about comes together in it: painting, pole-vaulting and Jesus,” added Carrero, who like the Dials, is a Christian.

For the past twenty seasons,Joe has been the head coach of the Oral Roberts University Cross Country and Track & Field programs, presiding over the most successful era in Golden Eagle history. His wife Shawna is an assistant coach at ORU. 

Just as Dial will always remember soaring over 18-8, Carrero will never forget the artistic thrill of turning a grainy photo into a stunning work of art, which was a towering feat in itself.

Carrero relied on grainy photos and details from Shawna and others to create a stunning work of art.

The painting on canvas was unrolled in October, 2013, at Vaultober, a costume pole-vault fund-raiser for the program. The crowd cheered as Shawna and Coach Dial, decked in camouflage, posed with two of their three children, Tyler and Tommy. The teary-eyed legend was overwhelmed.

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G’Day Mate! ‘Maggie’ Vaults Down Under!

Pole-vault crazy Australia, home of Olympic champion Steve Hooker, the inspiring sports novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

‘Maggie’ is on sale now in Australia, home of Beijing Olympic champ Steve Hooker.

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — Folks around here are still searching for the right words to express how thrilled they are that Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is on sale now at Australia’s premier online bookseller, Angus & Robertson.

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Order ‘Maggie’ here!

“Gee-whiz, I mean, Crikey!” said author Grant Overstake, before stifling himself. “I’ve probably offended half the country, so I’ll stop pretending I know how to speak Strine, which I obviously don’t.

“But I do know that I’m delighted that Maggie’s now reaching one of the world’s greatest countries for pole-vaulting. In fact, they even have a pole-vault postage stamp!”

Maggie 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 US Olympic vaulters and others around the world who identify with the book’s inspiring message for young people.

“So many Australian youngsters are passionate about vaulting, especially girls,” Overstake added. “I can’t wait for them to know that Maggie has arrived in their country.”

Vaulting is very popular in Australia for girls like Maggie!

Vaulting is very popular in Australia for girls like Maggie!

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