Dame Valerie Adams

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Dame Valerie Adams, DNZM

When she was just fourteen Valerie Adams won the Under-18 National Junior Shot Put Championship. Ever since Adams’ career has been an inspiration. She is the third woman ever to win world championships at the youth, junior and senior level of an athletics event, and the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the IAAF World Championships. She was the IAAF world female athlete of the year for 2014. 

Adams has three gold and two silver medals from Commonwealth Games and has two gold and one silver medal from the Olympic Games. Not only that, from August 2010 to July 2015, she had a winning streak of 56 wins at elite-level competitions. Her personal best throws, 21.24 metres outdoors and 20.98 indoors, are Oceanian, Commonwealth and New Zealand national records.

Watch this extract from Holmes that profiles the 14-year-old Valerie Adams.

Find out more about Dame Valerie Adams:

View her athlete profile on the New Zealand Olympics website

Read more about Dame Valerie Adams on Wikipedia

Image: Screengrab: Holmes Show.

Catalogue Reference TZP210402

Year 1999


Reporter: Ian Sinclair

Excerpt: 0:03:24

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