The Sports Group is proud to work with sports’ hottest new property, pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall, under an exclusive global management agreement.
Kurtis Marschall (21) is the bold new star of Australian athletics. The South Australian native won a gold medal in the Men’s pole vault at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. In a dramatic final he sent the 35,000-strong parochial home crowd into raptures when he made a third-attempt clearance at 5.70m to edge out 2015 World Champion, Canada’s Shawnacy Barber.
Marschall went into the Games’ in form following an emphatic 4th place finish at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. It was billed as the strongest field ever to contest a World Indoor final and Marschall showed composure beyond his years to equal his personal-best mark at 5.80m, which would have been good enough to medal at the last eight iterations of the event.
His idol is Steve Hooker, arguably Australia’s best male field athlete of all time, having won every major pole vaulting title throughout his decorated career. At the same age, Hooker’s personal-best was 5.25m – 55cm shy of his young prodigy’s mark, which further endorses Marschall’s potential to reach the top of the sport. Marschall has recently relocated to Perth to train under expert mentor and WAIS Head Coach Alex Parnov, who led Steve Hooker to Olympic gold. For Marschall, the 2019 Doha IAAF World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are in frame and he is a genuine medal prospect for both. He was 7th at the 2017 London World Championships in only his second major meet. In Rio, he made his Olympic debut at just 19 years of age and off a short preparation. He was the only junior in the Olympic pole vault field, narrowly missing a spot in the final on countback.
Kurtis Marschall’s strongest assets are his training discipline, his performance consistency and his ability to make big jumps when it matters. With a host of 5.90m vaulters in the Men’s international competition, he and Parnov will work to establish a game plan to continue his run up the world rankings.
Kurtis Marschall is one of the most exciting prospects in Australian sport. He is undeniably marketable, and at just 21 years of age, has many years ahead of him competing at the top level.