Eliza McCartney

Track & field athlete competing in the pole vault

Welcoming Eliza McCartney to the Hyundai Family

 As a 100% Kiwi owned company, we love supporting Kiwis on the world stage. We are thrilled to welcome Eliza McCartney to the Hyundai family as our Electric Vehicle ambassador! Find out more about our partnership with Eliza below and be sure to watch this space for updates!

Who is Eliza?

Eliza, the athlete

Eliza is a professional track and field athlete competing in the pole vault. As an inspiring role model for young Kiwis, she has been breaking records and placing internationally since she started the sport as a teenager. We're incredibly excited to be on the journey with her as she pursues her sporting dreams!

Eliza, the sustainability advocate

Sporting achievements aside, Eliza is an Environmental Sciences student with a passion for sustainability and taking positive action against climate change. With our growing range of Electric Vehicles and a future built on clean energy, bringing Eliza on board as a Hyundai ambassador was a no-brainer! 

Eliza, the Kona Electric driver

With our growing range of Electric Vehicles and a future built on clean energy, bringing Eliza on board as a Hyundai ambassador was a no-brainer!

Eliza is now the proud driver of a Kona Electric and can be spotted around Auckland driving to training with her poles on board, or road tripping to her favourite corners of New Zealand.

Eliza's journey as a professional athlete

At 19, in the biggest competition of her life, Eliza should have been a bundle of nerves. Instead, she showed poise and demeanor beyond her years to deliver a fairytale bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics women’s pole vault. She became the youngest-ever Olympic medallist in the pole vault, and first New Zealand Olympic medallist in pole vault.

The first strong indication of the prodigious talent Eliza holds came in 2014 when, at 17 years old, she won the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships. The following year, she set a World Junior record in Auckland, with a height of 4.64m.

Two years later Eliza backed up the Olympic bronze with a silver at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Just months later, in Germany in 2018, she cleared 4.94m, a new National and Oceania record. At the time of the jump it ranked her number one in the world for that year, and the third highest women’s pole vaulter of all time. 

Eliza's Tips to leading a more Sustainable Life

We teamed up with Eliza to present her top five tips towards leading a more sustainable life. Click here to view them.  

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