She doesn’t do things by halves, so it’s no surprise that Alysha Newman jumps out of a Cadillac Escalade and insists on hugs instead of handshakes.
With a beaming smile that would melt ice in her hometown of London, Ontario, and eyes that seem to sparkle on cue, it might seem like Ms. Newman has it all.
The 28-year-old has in some ways transcended the world of athletics and is on a mission to propel herself several meters into the air over a horizontal bar.
She wants to land on the podium, the map and the stage. Why?
Because she’s a Renaissance athlete, and a female at that.
Unleashed from the previously confining social and gender boundaries, Newman embodies a New Age attitude, swagger and a will to deconstruct convention.
The Canadian is a two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist – he won in 2018 at the age of just 23 on Australia’s Gold Coast.
She has since flirted with the pinnacle of women’s pole vaulting, was ranked third in the world for 30 weeks but has yet to fulfill her potential at the Olympics.
Although that is yet to come, she insists.
A gold medal is ingrained in her consciousness during consciousness and otherwise – we’ll explore that later – and Newman is on a quest to embody the potential of modern women athletes; able to combine very important yet conflicting ambitions.
Can it be done? Serena Williams didn’t think so, calling motherhood a burden rather than a blessing in becoming the female Tom Brady.
Can a professional athlete, performing at a virtually unparalleled global level, pursue her own athletic dreams, personal aspirations, and maternal needs?
“I want a family, I want a nice home, I want a medal,” Newman exclusively told DailyMail.com in New York.
“I want to live a certain lifestyle. Why can’t I have it all? The only way we’ll know if I don’t have everything is if I die.’
Newman has a word of warning to anyone or anything trying to quash their altruistic agenda.
“I know what I want,” she says firmly. ‘Don’t get in my way. Otherwise I’ll push you out of the way.’
Getting pregnant may seem a mystery, but there was a time when she was bullied for her aesthetic. Granted, she no longer has a mushroom cut, braces, or “four eyes,” but her reality is one in which she has conceived and achieved.
She was the orchestration of her contemporary identity, charting her path to a point where she could be whoever she wants.
For so long she wasn’t really the Alysha Newman sitting in this room.
“As you get older, it’s nice that you can develop into who you want to be. And once you’ve evolved into exactly who you want to be, that sense of power and strength comes through.
“I didn’t really have that until I made the Olympic team, and that OLY title right there became this feeling of, ‘Okay, we’ve entered this world, we’re not done yet. But we’re finally where we need to be.”‘
Wrapped in a self-contained cocoon, Newman was genuinely focused on achieving her dreams. Only then could she blossom into an enchanting, blue-eyed force of nature.
She left her native Canada to dominate all of college, claiming multiple pole vault records in eastern Michigan and Miami.
Before graduating from U, Newman produced the headlines of her career, winning a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games aged just 20.