World's oldest pole vaulter encourages senior citizens to stay active

**Embargo: Plattsburgh, NY** At 84 years young, Flo Meiler is teaching seniors at the Residence at Shelburne Bay a thing or two about fitness.

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    Shelburne (WPTZ) -- At 84 years young, Flo Meiler is teaching seniors at the Residence at Shelburne Bay a thing or two about fitness.

"I told them that they have a fantastic program here and to really sign up and get active," Meiler said.

Staying active has been a staple in the Shelburne resident's life.

At age 65 she picked up pole vaulting and hasn't stopped since.

"I like challenges and pole vaulting is very challenging," she said.

She's the world's oldest pole vaulter and continues to compete globally in a variety of events.

"I do the pentathalon. That's five events in one day," she said.

Next week the world record holder will be traveling to Poland to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships.

In June, she's off to New Mexico to participate in the National Senior Games.

"I've made a lot of new friends throughout these 25 years," she said.

She shares her story hoping to inspire others.

"It makes me so happy to see people come up to me and say, 'You have inspired me to really get active.' That's a wonderful feeling," Meiler said.

As far as she's concerned, the sky's the limit.

"In June I turn 85, so I am going to break a lot of new records at 85," she said.

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