Blind pole-vaulter wins top spot at track meet

Bradley Rainwater pole vaulting, Monday. Photo provided

Bradley Rainwater pole vaulting, Monday. Photo provided

LAPEER — Bradley Rainwater of Davison won the top spot at the Lapeer-Davison Track meet on Monday with a vault of 9’0″, but what makes this story even more intriguing is that Bradley is completely blind.

Coached by his grandfather and namesake, Brad Rainwater, a unique tactile process has been implemented so that Bradley can feel his way to the vault box. Bradley is one of only a handful of blind vaulters in the country.

“Watching Coach Rainwater and Bradley’s relationship of trust and encouragement is so heartwarming.” – Christine Cerny, Lapeer High School Coach.

Bradley’s sister, Elizabeth Rainwater, also scored Davison first place for girl’s pole vault with a jump of 7’0″.