Alysha Newman grew up in Delaware, Ontario where she excelled at gymnastics as a child until she suffered a serious injury that broke a lower back vertebra forcing her to retire from gymnastics.
Unable to participate in gymnastics, Alysha began looking for a new sport that she could throw herself into. It was then that Alysha began training at the London Legion Track Club with Joe and Sandy Ryder. It was the Ryder’s who made Alysha try pole vaulting, a sport they believed Alysha would excel at due to her gymnastics background. Reluctant at first, it only took one record breaking performance at her first meet to make Alysha realize that pole vaulting is what she was meant to do.
After that, Alysha continued to thrive in her new sport. In 2012, during her senior year at Mother Theresa Catholic Secondary School, Alysha would jump to an OFSAA gold with a record jump of 4.06M. In 2013, Alysha won gold in the Pan Am Junior Championships with a record breaking jump of 4.40M!
Newman’s incredible high school success led her to Eastern Michigan University where she became the Mid-American Conference champion in her first year. Deciding to follow her coach from Eastern Michigan, Alysha transferred to University of Miami where she would continue to dominate
While at the University of Miami, Alysha set a new Canadian record with a jump of 4.60M in 2016 and would complete her collegiate career as a 6-time NCAA All-American and won silver at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Since graduating, Alysha continues to reach new heights and break records. After finishing 17th at her first Olympics in 2016, Alysha had an incredible 2017 season that saw her break both the Canadian Indoor and Outdoor record twice before ending the season finishing 7th at the World Outdoor Championships!
In 2018, she broke her Canadian Indoor record twice, reaching 4.70M at the World Indoor Championships where she placed 6th. but that was only the start of her 2018 season.
At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Alysha had the jump of a lifetime, when she cleared 4.75M on her final jump to win Gold for Canada! The video of her winning jump has been viewed by millions of people and has raised Alysha’s profile as one of the world’s most exciting young pole vaulters!
Be sure to watch for Alysha as she continues her rise to become the very best in the world!