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Pole vaulters assisting each other

At the World Indoor Masters track and field meet in Kamloops, one of the rules given to the pole vaulters was that the participants were not allowed to give advice or coach each other.
I find this very disturbing. First, pole vaulters as a group are generally very supportive of each other. We are all trying to master a complex and technical sport and there is so much to learn that we are all trying to help each other get to the next level. Second, what is the true purpose of sport — to defeat someone else or to achieve the highest potential of each of us? The best vaulter will win the formal prize, but each participant is trying to better themselves and sport (as emphasized in the recent winter olympics) is to promote peace and understanding among peoples and cultures. Of course we are interested in who the best athlete is in a given sport, but even more so we are interested in all of us achieving our highest with the ability we have. I have found that pole vaulters are always trying to help each other, and as a result are a close knit crowd — happy to see someone excel and hoping that each person makes improvement where they need it. This should be a laudable goal of all sports and does not appear to me to be incompatable with measuring and recognizing excellence.
Let’s change the instructions given to athletes to encourage excellence in all forms — physical ability and encouragement of others to reach their fullest potential. I see no conflict in these and encourage you to align with me in changing the instructions given athletes.


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