Dana Ellis

Canadian Olympian in pole vault

Updated Monday January 28, 2019 by Kitchener Sports Association.




PHOTO:  Dana Ellis is shown at the media launch for the 2009 Athlete of the Year Program where she was the guest speaker.  Dana, a frequent nominee for the award in past years - and recipient of the honour herself for 2004, spoke about her experiences and wished the current nominees all the best. 




At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Dana finished in a 4-way tie for sixth place in the women's pole vault event. Her personal best is 4.52 metres, achieved in August 2007 in California.

Notable achievements:

• 7th ranked pole vaulter in the world in 2005/2006
• Indoor and Outdoor Canadian National Record Holder in the Women’s pole vault between 2000 and 2008

• 6th place at the 2002 Commonwealth Games

• 5th place at the 2003 Pan American Games

• 1st place at the 2004 Canadian National Track and Field Championships
• 6th place at the 2004 Olympic Games
• 2004 Canadian Field Athlete of the Year
• 1st place at the 2005 Canadian National Track and Field Championships and new Canadian Record (14’10’’/ 4.51m)
• 6th place at the 2005 World Championships
• 5th place at the 2005 IAAF World Athletic Grand Prix Final
• 4th place at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
• New Canadian Record (4.52m) August 18th, 2007

• Winner of the 2008 Grand Prix in Osaka, Japan May 10, 2008

After her athletic career, she attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.


KSA Involvement

Guest speaker at the Scholarship Awards Dinner, June 4, 2008
Guest speaker at the 2007 Athlete of the Year awards, May 28, 2008

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