Blind Pole Vaulter Defies The Odds

Charlotte Brown has never been one to let her disability define her; in fact, she has always defied those who doubted her athletic abilities as a blind pole-vaulter.

ESPNW recently profiled Brown, a junior at Emory Rains High School, after she tied for fourth place in the Texas Class 3A state meeting after missing three attempts at 11 feet, 6 inches.

In her ESPNW profile, Brown’s family explained that she was diagnosed with infant cataracts at just three-months of age. Currently, she told ESPNW the only thing she can see is blackness. When she is on the track, Brown counts the steps of her left foot as her coach whistles to guide her to the center of the mat. According to ESPNW, it’s the seventh step that means liftoff.

Here is Charlotte’s story as profiled on ESPNW:

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