Biography:

Entering her final year of collegiate competition, Anicka Newell knew she wasn’t done with pole vaulting. After consulting with her family and coaches, she decided to try qualifying for Team Canada. Despite growing up in the United States, Canada was always a home away from home, especially with her grandmother in Saskatoon. In 2015, she won the Sun Belt Conference pole vault title for a second straight year, setting the conference record at 4.28m. After vaulting a personal best 4.45m in May 2016, Newell achieved a height of 4.67m at the Port Aransas Beach Vault meet in June 2016, which is the highest ever by a Canadian woman. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

Getting to Know…

Family: Parents Tim Newell and Marina Peters-Newell… Younger brother Alex… Getting into the Sport: Started pole vaulting at age 16 after her high school track coach made her try it and she realized she was pretty good at it… Outside Interests: Enjoys cooking, baking and spending every waking moment with her toy poodle, Lola… In the off-season enjoys wakeboarding and doing adventurous activities such as cliff jumping… Graduated from Texas State University in 2016 with a major in Exercise Sports Science… Odds and Ends: Has to have her hair braided for competition, which makes her feel like she’s suiting up for battle… Favourite motto: You are confined by the walls you build yourself…