May 16, 2013
At just 15 years old, Charlotte Brown has learned to fly — with a pink pole vault.
She’s not just the best pole vaulter Emory Rains High School, in Emory, Texas, has ever had, Charlotte is one of the best in the nation. She’s cleared 11 feet, 6 inches. And at the Texas state championships last week, the sophomore took eighth place — to a standing ovation.
What’s most amazing, however, is that Charlotte is legally blind. She said her vision was like looking down the inside of little black straws.
“I can’t really make up a blur even,” she told ABC News. “It just blends in for me.”
She frightened her parents, Ian and Stori Brown, when she told them that she’d like to try to jump.
“I said, ‘I have some concerns,’” Ian said.
“We never told her no,” Stori said. “We never told her she couldn’t do something, that we weren’t going to sign her up for an activity or a sport.”