Alysha Newman is raising the bar in Canadian pole vault

There may be nothing natural about launching yourself several metres into the air on a fibreglass rod, but Canadian pole vault star Alysha Newman makes it look easy.

The 23-year-old former gymnast from London, Ont., broke a meet record in her very first attempt at the sport at age 15, and since then has been climbing to unprecedented levels on the national stage.

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