Canadian pole vaulter Newman returns to competition after battling injuries most of last year

Alysha Newman might have been wearing a megawatt smile when she soared to pole vault gold at the Commonwealth Games last March.

But the 24-year-old was competing through pain so bad, she’d barely been able to practise.

“Oh yeah, it was horrible,” Newman said. “I had taken two weeks off before where I was hardly doing any workouts, and I was just doing rehab and treatment, and then I’d compete and that was it.”

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