FORSYTH COUNTY — The summer Olympics in London are fast approaching, and while Olympic track and field, and swim trials are taking place, there's another competition coming in July that will be the focus of a gifted Triad athlete.
Sydney White has the hops which may just take her to the top. The East Forsyth graduate has set the new bar for pole vaulting in North Carolina and she is now aiming to take her talents even higher.
"She has been in the national competition through high school and she is a four-time high school All-American. Four time state champion so she is North Carolina's best female pole vaulter in history. We are just happy that she has worked hard,” said White's coach Eric Morell.
Only hard work can explain the many accomplishments of White up to this point. Especially since she has performed at this sport on a competitive level for only a few years after switching over from soccer during her sophomore year in high school.
"It was a hard decision because I did play varsity freshman year and I started my freshman year at East Forsyth, which is a big soccer school in North Carolina anyway. Pole vaulting came into the picture and it skewed my opinion of what I loved most and then I had to make that decision because I could not do both. So it was hard but I think I made the right decision. But at the time it was definitely stressful," said White.
White is now going up against the best pole vaulters in the world. She traveled to France a year ago to compete in the world juniors 16-year-old and 17-year-old division. This July, she will head to Barcelona, Spain to face the 18-year-old and 19-year-old Jr. Olympians.
White will also begin taking advantage of a full athletic scholarship to Wake Forest this fall which will allow her to keep her long distance goals of the 2016 and 2020 Olympics in sight.