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Meet Rootlent’s Athletes:
Kort Ross, Pole Vaulter
“Success is a sum of all efforts repeated day in and day out,” says Kort Ross, 24, from San Diego, California. Not only was she one of the top pole vaulters in the country at an early age, but Kort was also the number two recruit coming out of high school while carrying back to back state championships. Her talents didn’t go unnoticed. She earned a much deserved, full athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon.
Unfortunately, an injury freshman year of college led to three long years of recovery and falling behind competition. Therefore, Kort decided to take her skills to San Diego State University for a fresh start. Upon moving back to the Golden State, she managed to achieve a new Personal Record and rediscover her confidence. Now, she is ready for a new challenge, the one every athlete dreams of, making it to the Olympics.
As many of you can imagine, making it to the Olympics requires more than just talent. It demands hard work and dedication, but most importantly, opportunity. Kort has recently been invited to jump in the main event at the Pole Vault Summit held each January in Reno. An invitation like this is reserved for elite top performers in the pole vault community. Her performance in this competition and other future competitions will help to determine her eligibility for the USA Outdoor National event, an imperative step on her road to the Olympics. To qualify for the USA Outdoor Nationals, she must push herself to clear 4.55 meters, only 12 centimeters greater than her current PR.
While working part-time at a lumber store and living at her grandmother’s house is not an ideal situation for someone with a college degree, Kort’s passion for pole vaulting, dedication to training, and Olympic aspirations drive her to persevere.
Rootlent is currently working with Kort to help with her travel expenses to high level competitions across the country. Follow our journey to make a difference in Kort’s life and don’t forget to look for her in Tokyo, 2020.
SPIN Sailing, Will Jones and Evan DePaul – Canadian 49er Skiff Sailing Team
“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
Will Jones, driver for SPIN Sailing, has proven this by becoming the 2016 Student Yachting World Cup Champion. After competing with his university team for four years, he became the first Canadian to win this prestigious title in its 36 year history. The consistent hard work he has put into the sport has bred a high level of success and he is looking to continue this drive into the Olympic sailing scene.
SPIN Sailing is a Canadian 49er skiff sailing team based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Will Jones (driver) and Evan Depaul (crew) have teamed up after sailing against each other at the top national level throughout their youth sailing careers. They are sailing the most high performance, physically demanding, and competitive Olympic sailing classes; the 49er. Traveling across the globe, they will be qualifying and competing in the Sailing World Cup, a precursor to the Olympic Games. They hope to represent Canada at Tokyo 2020 and eventually achieve a gold medal for their country at the 2024 Summer Olympics. As the youngest 49er team on the Olympic circuit, they have a long road of hard work ahead of them. With that being said, after only one years’ experience in the class, they have been able to achieve respectable results; placing among the ranks of current and past Canadian and USA National team members. They are currently working towards the 49er Jr Worlds hosted in Kingston, Ontario in June of 2017.
Sailing is one of the most expensive sports on the Olympic competition circuit. The advanced equipment alone has staggering costs and without this high caliber gear, any competitor is at an immediate disadvantage. Other costs include: global travel and shipping to compete in the World Cup series, top-level coaching to maximize training time and knowledge, and yearly living expenses such as accommodations and nutrition. Without any of these components, the intense training alone is not enough to achieve podium level results on an international stage. Until now, SPIN Sailing has been completely self-driven and funded. Working off the water, they have built a media platform including a website to allow their fans to follow their progress and support their page through comments and donations.
“Without the love and support of our family and fans, we would not have reached this point. We are forever grateful for the opportunity they have provided us and continue to push hard not only for ourselves, but for them. To reach the next level, we simply need more extensive funding to update our equipment and cross the pond to compete with the best of the best in the sport.” – Evan
Outside of sailing, Will and Evan are both finishing up post-secondary education. They are studying mechanical engineering and fitness and health promotion respectively. Along with representing and bringing glory to Canada, they wish to inspire others to achieve their highest level of character, whether that be in sport, their career, or helping others.
Lysanne Richards – Professional High Diver
Have you ever wondered if pursuing your passion is worth the time and effort? Lysanne Richard would argue that YES, it most certainly is.
Lysanne is not only the 2016 FINA High Diving World Cup Champion, but she is also the number one FINA Female High Diver of the Year. She has also won two Red Bull Cliff Diving events while ranking number two overall in the 2016 Red Bull Cliff Diving season. More impressively, these achievements were accomplished after a 20-year hiatus from diving.
Although she stopped diving during her early childhood, Lysanne continued to explore her acrobatic interests through other outlets during that 20-year period. She attended National Circus School in Montreal, Canada, then worked as an acrobat in Cirque de Soleil and the 7 Fingers Circus for many years. But, she still wanted more. Two years ago, Lysanne decided to return to diving with the goal of being one of the top female high divers in the world. She has done just that.
High diving is a sport that requires extensive training, dedication, and skill. Divers jump from heights of 20 to 24 meters. To put that into perspective, imagine jumping off the top of The White House while rotating your body several times and simultaneously concentrating on getting yourself in the perfect landing position. As you can imagine, this requires tremendous mental and physical preparation, as well as access to the best training facilities and equipment, which is not always readily available.
Despite difficult training days and challenges accessing the equipment she needs to be successful, Lysanne continues to prove that she can do it all. Her achievements as a world champion high diver are impressive, but what is even more remarkable is that she has achieved greatness while also balancing the role of mom. As a mom of three, Lysanne says it is the “ultimate trophy,” to be able to take care of her kids and be a successful athlete at the same time.
Lysanne is proof that you can do anything you set your mind to and it is never too late. She leaves us with one message, “Nothing is impossible, work hard and believe in yourself. We all have the capacity of doing incredible things. Just begin!”
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