‘This is my life … and I’m going to kill every workout,’ says Canadian-record holder.

For years, Alysha Newman woke up each day wanting to pole vault. Usually upbeat, happy and full of life, her feelings began to change at the beginning of the 2018 indoor season.

For three months, the Canadian-record holder and 2016 Olympian couldn’t understand why she didn’t want to jump.

“I was telling my coaches I didn’t love it anymore. I think I was going through a little bit of a mental health issue,” Newman said in an interview Saturday. “It felt more like a job than something I loved to do.

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