Alysha Newman excited to test new poles vs. elite field at Prefontaine Classic

​Pole vaulter Alysha Newman wonders if having her equipment destroyed during a recent Air Canada flight followed by a strong performance in Qatar on little sleep and with borrowed poles has made her a more effective athlete. "It might have made me a better athlete knowing I was able to handle the adversity and perform […]

Canadian pole vaulter Alysha Newman receives new poles fully paid for by Air Canada

Canadian pole vaulter Alysha Newman received a brand new set of poles from Air Canada on Thursday morning, two weeks to the day her equipment was destroyed on a flight to Doha for a season-opening Diamond League meet. Newman said the airline covered the cost of the new set of equipment — which, according to the London, Ont., […]

Alysha Newman falters in Doha day after Air Canada damaged her poles

Was it the poles, searing temperature or something else? Whatever the case, Canadian pole vaulter Alysha Newman didn’t appear herself during Friday’s season-opening Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar — where the temperature hovered around 34 C — but in fairness to the London, Ont. native, she wasn’t competing with her own poles. After clearing […]

Alysha Newman leads Canada to another big Commonwealth day

Pole vaulter Alysha Newman’s record-setting performance highlighted another big day for Canada that saw the country win 14 more medals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Newman matched her own Canadian record and broke the Commonwealth Games record by clearing 4.75 metres on her final attempt to defeat New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney (4.70) and Australia’s Nina Kennedy (4.65) Newman was […]

Alysha Newman seeks win, not perfection at Diamond League final

​Armed with a new women’s Canadian pole vault record, Alysha Newman is hoping to scratch a couple of other items off her season to-do list at Friday’s Diamond League final in Brussels (, 2 p.m. ET). Newman’s stated goal of jumping 4.80 metres is within reach in her final event of 2017, as is a […]

Alysha Newman sets new Canadian pole vault record

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Alysha Newman: 'I want to make a statement' at track and field worlds

​One year later, Alysha Newman still gets goosebumps talking about her Olympic debut. Despite her victory in the women’s pole vault at the Canadian Olympic trials a month earlier with a jump of 4.40 metres, a 22-year-old Newman was extremely tense upon her arrival in Rio de Janeiro, marking the beginning of her emotional experience. […]