Valerie Adams to start season in Auckland

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 12:42 19/02/2013
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

Bruised, bloodied Olivia Merry stars for Black Sticks in 150th match to inspire 3-2 win over USA Gary Lawson leads Canterbury to national inter-centre bowls crown Queenstown training helps Jack Beaumont win NZ Mountain Running Championships men's title Mark Hunt not going anywhere as he refuses to give up on UFC title shot USA too strong for the Black Sticks in match one of two match series Cyclist Keagan Girdlestone conquers Le Race, 10 months after near-death crash Luke Jumeau: 'The Jedi' fights for his dream as UFC strikes back in New Zealand Bob Arum says UFC standing in the way of Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather mega-fight Number of horse related injuries decreasing, but still costing millions Peter Fury, trainer of Hughie Fury, granted entry to New Zealand for Joseph Parker's world heavyweight title defence

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."

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