Excitement builds for Val Adams ceremony

Last updated 16:09 18/09/2012
Valerie Adams
Getty Images
HOME TOWN FAVOURITE: Valerie Adams will begin her season with an event at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront on March 2.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Kiwi Paralympic hero Liam Malone recounts amusing airport security story Chicago Cubs make Major League Baseball's World Series after lengthy hiatus Kiwi kickboxer Israel Adesanya triumphs in Denver to secure world title shot Two years in the making, Adrian Taihia, Robert Berridge finally meet for NZ boxing title Cleveland Indians fans pitch in to buy rookie Ryan Merritt's wedding gifts after game-winning display Two-time Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston to retire from cycling In Cubdom, the anticipation is brimming, the eagerness palpable 'Bad hombre' Andy Ruiz oozing confidence for WBO heavyweight title fight with Joseph Parker Bubble football: the zorb-based craze that could sweep the nation Rio Olympics swimming star Mack Horton thanks fan for suspect mole tip

Tongan royalty will be amongst those welcoming Valerie Adams back to New Zealand as she prepares for her gold medal ceremony.

The London Olympian arrives in Auckland at 5.45am tomorrow morning ahead of the medal presentation that evening, in front of a crowd of 2500 at The Cloud on Queens Wharf.

"I can't wait to get home," she said en route to Auckland.

"I know friends and family will be waiting for me at the airport and I'm so excited about the medal ceremony. It's just what I wanted."

The youngest daughter of Princess Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita of Tonga, together with representatives of the New Zealand Pacific Island Sports Association, will present Adams with traditional celebratory necklaces on her arrival.

Adams' family and close friends will also be on-hand to welcome Adams home.

South Auckland schools have also been invited to welcome Adams at the airport.

The medal ceremony is modelled on a traditional Olympic medal ceremony, but also features members of Adams' family and wider community.

The Southern Cross Campus choir from Adams' former high school will lead the national anthem and Adams' 11-year-old niece, Sharne Pupuke-Robati, will be the flower bearer.

The ceremony will air live on television and will be streamed by ANZ on their Facebook page and on the big screen at Frank Kitts Park in Wellington.

The celebrations culminate in two fireworks displays over both Auckland and Wellington Harbours.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media


Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content