Tori Pena

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Tori Pena
Tori Pena.jpg
Pena on April 28, 2012
Personal information
Born (1987-07-30) 30 July 1987 (age 29)
Los Alamitos, California
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Country  Ireland
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole Vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 4.60 m (2013)

Victoria "Tori" Peña[1] (born 30 July 1987[2]) is a pole vaulter with dual American and Irish citizenship who competes for Ireland in IAAF competition.[1][3]

Early life[edit]

Peña was born in Los Alamitos, California.[2] Her father's family are of Mexican extraction, and her maternal grandmother Angela McCoy (née Coyle) was born in Derry.[1] Peña lives in Huntington Beach, where she graduated from Edison High School.[2][4] In 2003, she competed in Killarney at the World Irish Dancing Championships.[1] She earned a degree in International Development Studies[1] from the University of California, Los Angeles, and competed for the UCLA Bruins,[2] although frequently hampered by injuries.[5] Her Irish grandmother made her eligible for Irish citizenship,[3] and in June 2010 she acquired dual citizenship, declared her intention to compete for Ireland, and registered with Finn Valley Athletic Club in County Donegal.[1]

Irish career[edit]

Peña's personal best of 4.35 metres (14 ft 3 12 in) was set shortly before she had acquired Irish citizenship, but was sufficient to qualify for the pole vault at the European Athletics championships in Barcelona.[1] In July 2010 won the Irish national championships at Morton Stadium with an Irish record of 4.15 metres (13 ft 7 12 in),[3] which she equalled in Barcelona.[6] At the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships she set an Irish indoor record of 4.35 metres (14 ft 3 12 in),[7] which she increased to 4.45 metres (14 ft 7 in) in 2012.[8][9] At the San Diego Triton Invitational on 27 April 2012 she set an outdoor Irish record of 4.52 metres (14 ft 10 in).[10] This qualified her for the 2012 Olympics, in the qualifying round of which she failed at the opening height of 4.10 metres (13 ft 5 12 in).[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g O'Riordan, Ian (10 July 2010). "Ireland's newest recruit vaults into action". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Tori Pena". UCLA Bruins. UCLA. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pena vaults to Irish record win". 10 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Miller, Jeff (29 March 2012). "Her Irish Is Up". Huntington Beach Wave/Orange County Register. 
  5. ^ "Pena Breaks Irish National Pole Vault Record". UCLA Bruins. UCLA. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Pole Vault Women: Results; Qualification" (PDF). European Athletics Championships. European Athletics. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pole Vault Women" (PDF). European Athletics Indoor Championships Paris, France 04 - 06 March 2011 Results. European Athletics. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pena Sets New Irish Pole Vault Record". AI. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Pole Vault Results". 20 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pole Vault Results". 28 April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Women's Pole Vault Qualifying". 2012 Summer Olympics. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 

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