NZ shot put champ Tom Walsh rides the bull in the name of Christmas cheer

Last updated 10:50 20/12/2016
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NZ Olympic shot put star Tom Walsh rides the bull for some festive fun at the Mike Greer Homes Christmas party in Christchurch.

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Tom Walsh rides a mechanical bull at a Christmas party in Christchurch.
Tom Walsh believes better balance can help him thrown the shot put further.

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New Zealand shot put star Tom Walsh is looking to improve his balance in the throwing circle and he's shown he's got a bit of work to do when it comes to bull riding as well.

The world indoor champion and Olympic bronze medallist is back home and enjoying the busy social scene that comes with the festive season.

Enticed on to a mechanical bull at a Christmas party in Christchurch, Walsh did his best to survive as he showed by releasing a short video clip on his Twitter feed.

Walsh, who almost dwarfed the bull, got through five revolutions before taking a tumble.

* Walsh using gymnastics to improve at shot put


Walsh, who recently swung the willow in a celebrity cricket match, has revealed he is doing some gymnastics training to improve his balance ahead of the New Zealand season. 

"I'm doing some gymnastics for balance stuff, body awareness and range of motion. It's a bit of fun, and something different," Walsh, the Diamond League champion, said.

"There's some ring work, core strengthening ... If I'm going to be doing this for another 12 years I've got to enjoy it, which I am at the moment. Changing things up definitely helps."

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