Valerie Adams to start season in Auckland

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 12:42 19/02/2013
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HOME TOWN FAVOURITE: Valerie Adams will begin her season with an event at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront on March 2.

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Valerie Adams will begin her 2013 world championship season with a free event in downtown Auckland.

On Saturday, March 2 Adams will compete in an international shot put event at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront.

It will be the first time in three years that two-time Olympic champion Adams will have competed in her hometown.

Adams' management has spent two years trying to get the event over the line - they had hoped it would be a warm-up for the London Olympic Games.

Instead, the free entry event will act as Adams' 2013 season debut.

"I'm excited for this to happen. It's something I've always wanted to do and means we can showcase international shot put," Adams said.

"It's free as well which I think is really important. People can just turn up and see what it is we do.

"I'm very happy to have this event finalised, it's quite on the limit in terms of timing being only a couple of weeks away, but the main thing it's over the line.

"It is an international competition and is my debut too, so I'm keen to get out there and get the season off to a good start.

"There's international throwers who will be coming along, there's no world-class competition in the southern hemisphere so to be able to bring people down is really good for us."

Confirmed for the event is Trinidad and Tobago champion Cleopatra Borel-Brown, with organisers hopeful of announcing another top international soon.

Adams said she hopes the event can prove to be a regular on the domestic athletics calendar.

"Hopefully this is not a one-off, at least something that can be repeated before I retire," she said.

"I haven't competed in Auckland for three years, it's a very long time. That's why it's important for me to have this happen.

"It's important for me to be able to give something back to the fans too."

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