After years of hard work, Emory Rains High School senior Charlotte Brown found herself on the podium at the Texas state high school track and field championships this weekend.
Brown, who is blind, came in third place at the state meet on Saturday with a pole vault of 11'6". When she accepted the bronze medal at the podium, Brown had her service dog, Vador, by her side, per ESPN's Darren Rovell:
While the feat is impressive in itself, this athlete's backstory makes the accomplishment even more incredible.
Per the Associated Press, via Fox News, Brown was born with normal vision but developed cataracts just months later. Operations improved her sight, but at age 11, it began to decline. Brown, as her mother puts it, faces a "'jigsaw puzzle' of mixed up shades of light and dark."
While being blind may complicate matters, Brown has not let that stop her from chasing her dreams. And her hard work paid off this weekend.