84-year-old Flo Meiler still travels the world as a pole vaulting competitor

You’re only as old as you feel, or so masters athlete Flo Meiler of Shelburne says

The octogenarian Masters athlete has what some would say is a unique golden-years hobby, competing in pole-vaulting events around the world and breaking records.

At 84-years-young staying active has been a staple in her life.

It was at the tender age of 65, that Meiler picked up pole vaulting and hasn’t stopped since.


“I like challenges and pole vaulting is very challenging,” said Meiler.

She’s the world’s oldest pole vaulter and continues to compete globally in a variety of events.

Meiler said she will do high jump, long jump, triple jump, the shot, the pentathlon.

Next week, the world record holder will be travelling to Poland to compete in the World Masters Athletics championships.

And in June, she’s off to New Mexico to participate in the National Senior Games.

She shares her story hoping to inspire others.

“It makes me so happy to see people come up to me and say, ‘You have inspired me to really get active,’ That’s a wonderful feeling,” said Meiler.

As far as Flo is concerned, the sky’s the limit.

“In June I turn 85, so I am going to break a lot of new records at 85,” she said.