She doesn’t do things by halves, so it’s no surprise that Alysha Newman jumps out of a Cadillac Escalade, insisting on hugs instead of handshakes.
With a beaming smile that would melt ice in her native London, Ontario, and eyes that seem to twinkle on cue, it might look like Ms. Newman has it all.
The 28-year-old has in some ways transcended the athletics world, and is on a mission to launch himself over a horizontal bar several meters into the air.
She wants to land on the podium, the map and the stage. Why?
Because she is a renaissance athlete, and a female one no less.
Unshackled by the social and gender boundaries that have previously constrained Newman embodies a new-age attitude, swagger and willingness to deconstruct convention.
The Canadian is a two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist – winning in Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018, aged just 23.
Alysha Newman is a two-time Canadian Olympian and has also won a gold medal for her nation
Statistically, the 28-year-old is the biggest pole vaulter born across the border
Since then, she has flirted with the top of the women’s pole vault, ranked third in the world for 30 weeks, but has yet to fulfill her potential in an Olympics.
Even if it comes, she insists.
A gold medal is ingrained in her mind subconsciously and otherwise – we’ll explore that later – and Newman is on a quest to personify the potential of modern female athletes; able to combine very important but opposite ambitions.
Can it be done? Serena Williams didn’t think so, citing motherhood as a liability — rather than a blessing — to becoming the female Tom Brady.
Can a female professional athlete—operating on an almost incompatible global level—pursue her own athletic dreams, personal ambitions, and maternal needs?
“I want a family, I want a nice home, I want a medal,” Newman exclusively told DailyMail.com in New York.
Newman has shown a keen interest in fashion and began modeling with ease in New York City
“I want to live a certain lifestyle. Why can’t I get everything? The only way we’ll know if I don’t have it all is when I die.’
Newman has a word of warning for anyone or anything that tries to stifle her altruistic agenda.
“I know what I want,” she says confidently. “Don’t get in my way. Otherwise I’ll move you out of the way.
Getting pregnant can be mystifying, but there was a time when she was bullied for her aesthetics. Granted, she no longer has mushroom cuts, braces or ‘four eyes’, but her reality is one that she has conceived and achieved.
She has been the orchestrator of her contemporary identity, plotting her way to a point where she could be who she wants to be.
For so long, she wasn’t really Alysha Newman sitting in this room.
“As you get older, it’s beautiful that you can develop into who you want to be. And once you develop into exactly who you want to be, this sense of power and strength comes out.
“I didn’t really have that until I made the Olympic team, and just like that, that OLY title became this feeling of, ‘okay, we got into that world, we’re not done. But we are finally where we need to be.”‘
Newman was wrapped in a self-sufficient cocoon, unadulteratedly focused on achieving her dreams. Only then could she blossom into an enchanting, blue-eyed force of nature.
It is a natural seller within the Canadian, proven in her participation in OnlyFans
She left her native Canada to dominate throughout college, claiming multiple pole vault records at Eastern Michigan and Miami.
Before graduating from the U, Newman produced the headline act of her career, winning a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at just 20 years old.
Statistically, she is the greatest pole vaulter ever born over the border, but she is far more, and is nowhere near finished.
Admittedly, Newman has struggled to perform on the Olympic stage, for a variety of reasons, but believes her trials – including a broken heel discovered after July’s Commonwealth Games – have positioned her exactly where she needs to be.
“My successes don’t make me better,” Newman explains. “My mistakes, my concussions, my injuries; it’s what teaches me lessons.
“They keep me motivated and I think people underestimate that. I think that’s actually the whole reason I’m still doing sports.
“If I was the greatest of all time, I think I’d be like, ‘Oh, that’s good.’ I did everything, what more do I need? Let’s move on because I want to do more than just sports.”
Newman traveled from Toronto to attend New York Fashion Week, such is her interest
Simply put, the light on athletics is too dim for Newman. This is not something she conveys directly, and yet her charm and desire for broad excellence allow her to cast a wider spectrum.
It is a natural seller within the Canadian, proven in her participation in OnlyFans.
Her very existence on the platform has made waves across the internet, bringing us to a fork in the road of empowerment.
In one mind, OnlyFans can be perceived as a vehicle for female disempowerment, despite its appearance; seeking the male gaze – and the wallet – like a desperate Gotham longing for the bat-signal.
From the opposite point of view, it is a woman who takes control, takes power and pushes over their image in a world that sexualizes them, certainly those in the public eye.
Within the latter we find Ms. Newman, who has taken advantage of her growing fame and beauty, to strengthen her grip on how her body and being are viewed.
Newman reveals she is ‘not naked’ on OnlyFans and uses the platform to connect with real fans
“Whether I liked it or not, I was sexualized in the sport naturally by what I wear and my beauty,” Newman explains.
“If I showed up in full leggings and a sports bra that covered my stomach, people would still sexualize me. I mean, it just never stops.
“When I decided to launch OnlyFans, it was very important to me to be part of something I could control.”
Newman explains that she is ‘not naked’ in any of her posts and uses the platform to connect with her true fans, taking them behind the scenes of the Olympics and into her own life.
If she is going to be freely sexualized during TV events, or on social media apps, why shouldn’t she control the content around her and earn accordingly?
Her businesses don’t start and end there, Newman bristles with excitement as she brings up NFTs and the Metaverse.
Canadian Olympian Newman tells DailyMail.com about her desire to succeed in various fields
In her mind, she wants to be at the 2024 Paris Olympics with a camera attached to her jersey, creating an NFT where the lucky buyer can watch her jump live as she guns for gold.
It’s clear that Newman has a wealth of interests, with fashion at the forefront. It’s evidenced in her elegant footwear, enthusiasm for modeling – posing with an ease as if it were her profession – and captivating Jonathan Cohen dress.
Newman traveled from Toronto to attend New York Fashion Week, such is her interest in the space.
If things continue to develop, she may find herself in Paris with more to achieve than her ultimate dream.
Newman’s passive imagination allows her subconscious to place her on a podium in France. ‘O Canada’ blares through the Parc de Princes speakers.
She has been here before, but more specifically in Australia – in her dreams – before her Commonwealth Games triumph, although the visions were interestingly absent before the Tokyo Olympics.
Newman is a fiercely driven, competitive woman who was treated as the opposite of the archetypal girl
Newman’s mother, Paula, has tears streaming down her face, always without fail, as her daughter is presented with the Games’ mascot – a caricatured baguette with what appears to be a bowler hat.
Almost everything else is a blur, Newman sees few faces, she doesn’t cry after completing her life’s work, rather she laughs at the quintessentially French mascot in her grasp.
Then she wakes up, where her conscious dreams come alive.
Newman wants to be a mother, it’s in her fiber. If things were different, she would have already established her own unbreakable bond between mother and child.
“I just need someone who’s going to be a good role model for my kids. I would love someone who has been through experiences and hardships and not given everything, you know, I’m very attracted to people who have been underdogs.’
She also needs them to feel good about her “crazy soccer mom” finds and the occasional recognition of her medals.
Newman talks about her goals as if they’ve already happened, as if they’re inevitable
Newman is a fiercely driven, competitive woman who was treated as anything but an archetypal girl growing up.
She learned to avoid objects while crawling, changed tires and spent time admiring the performance of male athletes due to their superior physical attributes.
Newman talks about her goals as if they have already happened, as if they are an undoubted inevitability, as certain as night follows day.
It is with this sense of destiny that she aims to cement herself as a standout across various disciplines.
Granted, her star was born in a sport where recognition exists every four years — if you’re lucky.
Just an obstacle for a willing woman who clears them for her country, herself and womanhood.
With a beaming smile that would melt ice, and piercing eyes, it might seem like Newman has it all