Biography:

Kelsie Ahbe made the decision to represent Canada, her father’s homeland, because she wanted to play a part in inspiring the next generation of Canadian athletes. While attending Indiana University, she was a two-time All-American and runner-up at the 2014 NCAA Championships where she set a Hoosier’s record, coming back from an injury at the start of the season. Ahbe relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee in September 2014 to train with 2004 Olympic champion Tim Mack. He not only provides technical insight, but is a great mentor when it comes to the mental component of being an elite athlete. She set both her indoor (4.47m) and outdoor (4.50m) personal best marks in 2015, the latter capping her season in August. Ahbe was Canada’s top finisher in the women’s pole vault at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto with her fifth place finish. She was also the top Canadian in the women’s pole vault at Rio 2016, advancing to the final for a 12th place finish.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Brad and Susie Ahbe… Younger brothers Bradley and Austin… Younger sister Lindsey… Cousin Brooke Ahbe is a member of the USA Hockey women’s program… Getting into the Sport: Began doing pole vault at 15… A friend thought she would be good at it because she was previously a gymnast and had good body awareness… Outside Interests: Loves reading and writing to clear her mind… Started “Off the Runway” in which she interviews training partners and others in the vault community to make her journey more than a selfish pursuit of success; loves hearing about the interests and passions of other people… Enjoys water skiing in Muskoka in the off-season… Completed Masters of Public Health Administration at India na University in December 2014 after earning her Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health in 2013… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “My God is my Rock”… Keeps all her notes about her practices in a notebook that she can reference during competition… Loves to try new coffee shops during her travels…