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Eliza McCartney began pole vaulting in 2011 at the age of 14 and by 2012 she had won not only the New Zealand Secondary School Championships, but also the National Youth (under 18) title. By 2014, the inspirational athlete was New Zealand’s Young Sportswoman of the Year!
Initially training for the 2020 Olympics, McCartney’s ability saw her compete in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 – where she won bronze and became the youngest Olympic medallist in the women’s pole vault and only the fourth New Zealand Olympic medallist in a field event.
In 2018, McCartney won silver at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and, in Germany, in June she recorded her personal best of 4.92 metres, which ranks her as the fourth highest female vaulter in history.
Watch this One News profile of Eliza McCartney – 2014 Young Sportswoman of the Year.
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Reporter: Abby Scott