Announcing My Retirement

by Mary Saxer

from Mary on Facebook


Today I’m announcing my RETIREMENT! I’ve decided to turn the page and begin a new chapter of this exciting journey we call life. This decision took a LOT of thought. Still being very competitive and knowing how much I’ll miss flying through the air made this decision tough. But through my soul searching I listened to my heart and recognized that I am sooooo excited for everything that’s next! I want to work in the fitness world and I absolutely cannot wait to be a mother! So the time has come for me to say goodbye to competitive pole vault, but never goodbye to my pole vault family. You all are forever a part of my life. Thank you for coming on my pole vault journey with me. It’s been one crazy ride, straight out of my wildest dreams. Pole vault has opened my world to more than I could have imagined. There truly are no words to describe the journey and how much it has meant to me to be able to chase a dream with everything I have. As I turn the page and look forward to all that life has in store in these next chapters I want to leave you with this:

Take chances. Please. Life is meant to be truly lived. Step out of your comfort zone and do something that scares you. You may get exactly what you dreamed of…or maybe you get more than you ever could have imagined. When you look back I hope you can do so with no regrets. My journey didn’t play out exactly as I envisioned, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it’s given me more than I ever thought possible (lessons I couldn’t have learned anywhere else and the best part – friends that are truly family).

At the end of the day if you can look back and say you gave something your all then you ought to be pretty dang proud. When I reflect on my pole vault career I can honestly say I left it all out there. I gave this sport everything I had. I am proud to have represented Team USA twice, won a National Championship, represented the incredible Fighting Irish at The University of Notre Dame, and paved the way for high school women by becoming the first ever high school female to clear 14 feet…to name a few.

Don’t forget to take a step back sometimes and look behind you. Recognize all you’ve accomplished. We focus so much on what’s next that I think we often forget how far we’ve come.

✨I am so proud of myself, but I sure as hell wouldn’t have been able to lead the journey I lead without my coach Danny Wilkerson, husband Justin Sibears, my parents, my agent Chris Layne, my sponsors (NYAC, UCS Spirit, Nike) and every single one of my coaches, family members, friends, fans, supporters, followers (far too many to name here). You’ve been a part of this crazy journey and there are no words to express how much you mean to me. I am forever grateful that you chose to come on this ride with me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now stay tuned for all my future adventures…

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