Haberdashers' Monmouth pole vaulter rises into UK's top 10 after injury setback

An athlete at Monmouth School for Boys has smashed his personal best for the pole vault and is ranked inside the top 10 in the UK and second in Wales for the under-17 age-group.


Fifteen-year-old Aharon Graham-Mulvaney cleared an impressive 3 metres 80 cm as he clinched second place in the pole vault at The Brewer Memorial Games in Cheltenham.

Aharon came into this current age group with a personal best height of 2:90 (set indoors 2020).

Following the disruption to Aharon's training due to the pandemic and injury, he wasn’t able to start his competitive season until July, when he jumped his first personal best height of 3:23 in Cardiff during an open event.

Aharon is ranked within the top 10 pole vaulters for his age group in the UK - only one other first year under-17 athlete has vaulted higher than him this year.

In addition, Aharon is now second in Wales for his age group with a healthy 15cm gap between him and the next placed athlete.

Last year, Aharon was both the Welsh Indoor Under-15 and East Wales Indoor Regional pole vault champion and finished fifth in the English indoor Age Group Championship.

He has won Welsh and regional medals in other disciplines, including the 60m, 60m hurdles, high jump, triple jump and shot.

Aharon has also secured a bronze at the Under-17 Welsh Junior championships in August and a silver at the Welsh Under-17 decathlon championships earlier in the summer.

Many congratulations Aharon!