Tuesday August 22, 2017

Chloe Franks

Chloe Franks

Recent Enloe graduate Chloe Franks joined Pole Vault Carolina in the early part of 2016, and wowed us with her physical conditioning and focus. A former level 10 gymnast, Chloe hoped to make the indoor state qualifying mark in the pole vault, with a week left to make it happen. After some intense days of training, Chloe jumped the height and has continued her upward climb.

In the last meet of her high school season, Chloe enjoyed another breakthrough, clearing a whopping 12’ and breaking the club record. It was great to see that smile! She holds the Enloe school record in the 55 m, long jump, and pole vault.

With her awesome academics, and her performances in the 55m, 100m, 200m, 4 X 100, 4 X 200, long jump, and 300m hurdles, Chloe caught the eye of a number of college coaches. A recipient of the merit-based Gold Scholarship, as well as an athletic scholarship, Chloe is following her heart to Delaware State University where she will compete in the pole vault and the sprints.

We are confident of Chloe’s success!…

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April Steiner Bennett

by Adele Correale San Miguel

Published in Vaulter Magazine, April 1, 2016

“Hold fast to dreams
for if dreams die,
life is a broken-winged bird
that cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

In the summer of 1992, April Steiner Bennett was a pony-tailed 12 year-old, sitting on a couch in her family’s middle class home in Mesa, AZ, when the Olympic spark kindled the flame that became her life’s work.

Carl Lewis, then 31, was leaping into gold medal position with an 8.68 meter long jump at the Barcelona Games. Ignited by Lewis’ athleticism and accomplishment, young April persuaded her father to purchase a membership to USATF. That $12 investment became the ticket to her mythic journey as an Olympian, professional vaulter, and dream chaser.

Twenty-four years later, April’s torch is still lit. Her laser sharp focus is aimed at representing Team USA in Rio. Coached by 2000 Olympian Stacy Dragila, April embodies a high ideal in athletics, acknowledging those who have made her odyssey possible. It’s not her, it’s them.

 

April and husband Cameron

April and husband Cameron

April coined the term Olympianites to define those who guard dreams. In November 2015, she took the stage at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a TEDx Talk on The Beautiful Life of Hidden Olympians. It focused on the parents, coaches, and mentors who encourage others to develop their passions. The Olympian is the dream chaser; the Olympianite, the dream maker. Olympianites give ambition its very best chance.

April’s Olympianites include her husband Cameron, who was willing to move to Idaho for her coaching; her parents, Michael and Cara, who feed her a constant stream of enthusiasm and support; and her sponsors ASICS America and UCS Spirit, who supply the essentials so she can focus on the training.

But April’s Olympianites are not limited to a few.  A village surrounds her that is made up of families and clubs across the country, as well as a tribe of ‘little sisters’ who are lifted by her encouragement and who inspire her in return. The light in April’s eye, and the integrity of who she is, has attracted a crowd of Olympianites who want for April what she wants for herself.

The theme of these TEDx Talks was Thou Mayest, a philosophy born of John Steinbeck that suggests we each have the choice to improve our own condition, and in doing …

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