‘A great inspiration’ | Amarillo Globe-News. I am not a regular reader of the newspaper, since I browse the online news sources. And reading the sports page would be the last section I would even be interested in! But the picture on the front page of the sports section caught my attention. 72-year-old Don Isett came to Amarillo from Dallas last week to take part in a pole vaulting camp. He first vaulted in high school and switched to jogging. He continued jogging during his life to keep fit,but at 66 decided he really hated jogging. When looking for something else to do to keep fit, he decided to return to his first love…pole vaulting. “Pending certification by USA Track and Field, Isett is the national senior record-holder in the pole vault, having cleared 10 feet, 8 inches. ” And so he is here to learn to improve his technique. He doesn’t know how long he will continue to vault, but is looking to breaking more records. He is traveling next to the World Masters Championships in Sacramento, California. This man is an inspiration to the kids he trains with, and shows me, and all of us, it is never too late to try something. Who starts pole vaulting at 66? Of course, he had spent his life exercising and keeping in shape, so he has an advantage over some of us couch potatoes! But, this was an amazing and interesting story. It is too easy to stay complacent and not try to do something we’ve wanted to do since childhood. If you always wanted to be a ballerina…it’s not to late to take classes for your own enjoyment. It will also improve your emotional well-being and quality of life! Who knows…maybe I’ll be inspired to get off the couch and do something a little more physical than blogging.
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