CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Virginia pole vaulter Bridget Guy was recognized by the International Fair Play Committee (FISU) on Friday (Nov. 15) in Turin, Italy, as the Fair Play Award recipient for her exemplary act of kindness at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy.
Guy received the honor for aiding another competitor at the 2019 Summer Universiade, Juliana Campos from Brazil. Guy lent Campos her pole vault poles, allowing her to compete in the qualifying round of the competition after Campos’ poles were lost in transit on the way to the competition site.
These past two days I’ve literally been thinking how is this my life- part of my history. I am honored and beyond thankful for the wisdom shared and friendships and memories made. • Today I was awarded the fair play award presented to me by the sweetest Hungarian man I’ve ever met. He’s a 2x Olympic silver medalist and 5x universiade winner in fencing. One of the most humble and decorated athletes I’ve had the pleasure to know personally. • Cheers to lending a helping hand when needed…the most rewarding gift our sport can foster. @juhcampos I know you would have done the same for me.🤝 • #tobeunique #fisu #fairplay #napoli2019 #universiade2019 #teamusa #polevault #uscspirit #uvatf #serve
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“It is a true honor to be this year’s recipient of the Fair Play Award,” said Guy. “I believe helping someone in need is one of the greatest rewards in our sport and in life. The International Fair Play Committee was very generous to choose me as the recipient because I am confident Juliana would have done the same for me. Thank you to the International Fair Play Committee for this recognition.”
Guy went on to earn a bronze medal for the United States at the 2019 Summer Universiade (July 8-11) in Napoli, Italy. She cleared a height of 4.31m (14’1.75″) in the finals for the third-place finish.