Londoner Alysha Newman has had a productive last few months.
On July 28th at the first-ever “Vault The Park” at Rib-Fest in London, Newman broke the Canadian Women’s Pole Vault record by clearing 4.61 metres at Victoria Park.
Weeks later, the London Legion Track Club member competed in Rio at her first Olympic Games.
Now, Newman has been invited to participate in the IAAF’s Diamond League for track and field.
Mike Stubbs had a chance to talk with Newman about it.
When you think of leagues, the NHL, the CFL, and a whole lot of other acronyms ending in “L” will probably come to mind long before you get to The Diamond League.
It was designed to replace the Golden League which had a goal of increasing the exposure of athletics in Europe. The Diamond League aims to take that vision and spread it around the world.
Competitors have to be invited to take part and are awarded points based on their finish at Diamond League meets. At the end of the season, total points translate into prize money, allowing top end athletes another opportunity to earn money.
Newman competed in pole vault while attending the University of Miami. She took part in the season ending Diamond League meet in Brussels in September. The new season opens on May 5th in Qatar.