Pole vault: The 'very big mission' of travelling with huge poles

New Zealand pole vaulters have just overcome the Commonwealth Games, but they'll soon face the "very big mission" of travelling home with those huge poles.

Eliza McCartney came away with a silver medal at the Gold Coast's Carrara Stadium on Friday. Olivia McTaggart was also competing and pulled off a result of 4.30m.

The 18-year-old says her team will head back to New Zealand with long bags of around 10 poles, measuring upwards of 4m.

"[Travelling with the poles] is a very big mission for us," she says. "Some planes don't take them."

Athletes and coaches have to be particular with airlines to make sure they don't arrive at competitions without poles. The Kiwi team travelled to the Gold Coast with Air New Zealand.

"Our cargo team is well practised at carrying items of all shapes and sizes," a spokesperson for the airline says.

"In the past, we have carried large items such as America's Cup boats, V8 supercars, and Formula 1 cars."

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New Zealand coach Jeremy McColl says they always get "a few funny looks" at airports as they check in their blatantly oversized baggage.

"We know they fit," he says. "Sometimes you'll get someone who'll joke about chopping them in half. 'Will that work?' I'm like, 'No.'"

On the road, pole vault poles are usually carried on roof racks or down the middle of bus aisles.