Pole vaulter going over bar

Anicka Newell

Biography

Entering her final year of collegiate competition, Anicka Newell knew she wasn’t done with pole vaulting. After consulting with her family and coaches, she decided to try qualifying for Team Canada. Despite growing up in the United States, Canada was always a home away from home, especially with her grandmother in Saskatoon. In 2015, she won the Sun Belt Conference pole vault title for a second straight year, setting the conference record at 4.28m. After vaulting a personal best 4.45m in May 2016, Newell achieved a height of 4.67m at the Port Aransas Beach Vault meet in June 2016, which is the highest ever by a Canadian woman. She made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016.

A Little More About Anicka

Getting into the Sport: Started pole vaulting at age 16. At one of her first camps there was a drill called ‘slide box’ and she was terrible at it. When she got home she had her dad build her one so she could practice and come back to camp and do it without all the kids laughing at her… Biggest athletic role model has been her dad, Tim. ‘When I was young he told me that there are kids in other parts of the world who run to school, so I asked him if we could do that. From then on every morning he would carry my backpack and we would run from my house to my school while my friends would wave to me from the school bus as it passed by. I am the athlete I am because of him’… Drawn to the sport because it’s the closest thing she can get to flying… Entering her final year of collegiate competition, Newell knew she wasn’t done with pole vaulting. After consulting with her family and coaches, she decided to try qualifying for Team Canada. Despite growing up in the United States, Canada was always a home away from home, especially with her grandmother in Saskatoon. … Outside Interests: Enjoys being near the water, especially wakeboarding… Graduated from Texas State University in 2016 with a major in Exercise Sports Science… Works as a coach and personal trainer… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Trust the Process”… 

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioAthleticsPole Vault - Women29

Notable International Results

Olympics Games: 2016 - 29th (pole vault)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 - 7th (pole vault)

World Athletics Championships: 2017 - 12th (pole vault)

NACAC Championships: 2018 - NH (pole vault)