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Camille Christensen

Coach

Ran a Marathon; Pole-Vault: 11 ft; Diamond Push-Ups: 25 in a row

Qualifications

USU Education Bachelors Degree

About Coach

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona and tried many sports throughout my childhood, like tennis, gymnastics, soccer, ballet, swim & dive, etc. When I got to high school, I heard an announcement about a new pole-vault club and I thought, "I have no idea how to pole-vault, but this is what I want to do". My instincts were right and I fell in love with the sport. I worked year round attending camps, coaching junior clubs, conditioning in weight lifting classes, and competing in meets. By my senior year, I hit a PR of 11 feet and set the school record! After high school, I attended Utah State University to pursue a degree in Math and Statistics Education. I felt a competitive void in my life once I stopped pole-vaulting so I trained for and ran a marathon, and joined the USU collegiate racquetball team. I graduated with my degree in 2018, met my husband, and gave birth to two beautiful children! Now we live as a family of four in Laramie, WY where I've been teaching middle school math for 4 years.

Turning Point

The biggest turning point in my life was when I realized how narrow my perspective of motherhood was. I believed that mothers needed to be a martyr for their children. Then I read a quote from Glennon Doyle saying, "My children do not need me to save them. My children need to watch me save myself". I thought about what I needed to do to save myself and my mind immediately went back to pole-vaulting. The sport fed my soul and I wanted so badly to do something like it again. I fought back messages that I was "too old", "out of practice", or "busy being a mom" and took a chance at LEAP. Coaching here has been the exact experience I was looking for! I get to teach kids to push themselves and work to push myself as well. The best part is that my kids get to watch me pursuing my passions! They'll grow up learning that their own dreams are always worth chasing.

Motivation & Passion

My purpose as a coach is to help kids develop confidence in themselves that can carry over into all aspects of their lives. I work to positively and safely coach them through new obstacles and challenges so they can come away knowing they can do hard things.

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