Biography:

As a young gymnast, Alysha Newman aspired to represent Canada, however an injury forced her to take a year away from sport and retire from gymnastics. To remain active after her recovery, Newman’s mother signed her up for track and field. After breaking records in her first few pole vault meets, her dream to represent Canada returned. Newman became the first Canadian high school girl to vault over four metres and currently holds the Canadian youth (3.91m), junior (4.4m), and senior (4.6m) records in the pole vault. At the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, she earned a gold medal while setting both Canadian and meet records. In 2014, Newman represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games, earning a bronze medal. Competing for University of Miami after transferring from Eastern Michigan University, she is a First Team All-American and holds the school record, which she broke on her first ever vault at the university. Newman remains motivated to be the first Canadian female pole vaulter to win an Olympic medal, as well as to challenge and better Yelena Isinbayeva’s records. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Bob and Paula Newman… Older brother Kris, older sister Brianna and younger brother Dylan… Cousin Dan Newman played in the NHL for Edmonton, Montreal, and the New York Rangers…  Getting into the Sport: Initially a gymnast, she transitioned to track and field, first as a distance hurdler and then the 100m hurdles… Joe Ryder of the London Legion Track Club introduced her to pole vaulting at age 16 upon hearing about her gymnastics background… Outside Interests: Enjoys movie nights, shopping, and getting her nails done during the season… Likes going to the beach, hot yoga, and both hockey and football in the offseason… Junior at the University of Miami pursuing a major in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Sports Medicine… Odds and Ends: Eats pasta two days before competition and her father’s specialty sandwich on the day of… Volunteers with the United Way… Favourite Motto: Never give up, never give in and never take no for an answer…