Kelsie Hendry (T&F | Student-athlete)
Updated: Feb 11
NAME: Kelsie Hendry
SPORT: Women’s track and field
YEARS ACTIVE: 2000-2005
Member of four national championship teams
Member of three Canada West championship teams
Won three CIS pole vault titles (2003, 2004, 2005)
2004-05 Canada West Female Athlete of the Year
Kelsie Hendry repeatedly raised the bar as a student-athlete at the University of Saskatchewan, where she became a five-time Canada West and three-time national gold medalist in the pole vault,
Over the course of a five-season university athletics career, spanning 2000-01 to 2004-05, Hendry set the Canada West record and proceeded to break it three times, culminating at a height of 4.2 metres. She also set the national championship record, reaching an incredible 4.22 metres. Achieving levels that no one else could, the Saskatoon product went undefeated in competition during her final three seasons as a student-athlete.
With Hendry at the forefront, the Huskies women’s track team won national titles in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005, to go with Canada West championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Individually, Hendry won the CIS pole vault title in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and was a multi-time All-Canadian and Academic All-Canadian. In her final season, 2004-05, Hendry received the Jim Thompson Trophy as the most outstanding female athlete in Canada West.
Hendry won gold in the women’s pole vault at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in both 2007 and 2008. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, she finished 18th in the pole vault after clearing her best possible height of 4.30 metres in the qualifying rounds. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Hendry captured pole vault bronze with a final round clearance of 4.25 metres.
She was inducted into the Huskies Hall of Fame in 2011.