Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Valerie: The autobiography

By: Valerie and Phil Gifford
Location: NF 920 GIF
Genre: Sport and "legends"

Valerie Kasanita Adams, (born 6 October 1984) is a shot putter from New Zealand. She is a two-time Olympic, Commonwealth and World Indoor champion and a three-time World champion. She currently holds the New Zealand, Commonwealth and Oceania and World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres. Most of all she is a Kiwi girl, with a Kiwi story, of Tongan blood who grew up in Mangere. Valerie Adams will be forever one of our greatest sportswoman, models and heroes, she is ours and we love her for that. But the sporting world do to.. Valerie Adams is a finalist for the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award in 2012.
Valerie Adams has been nominated as one of three finalists for the International Athletics Federation’s Woman Athlete of the Year award this year as well.

 This at last is her story, raw, real, brave and true, it is a great read. She is different to Richie McCaw- he is guarded, Valerie lets it all out, but together they give us two of our greatest New Zealand sporting stories, a Pacific Islander girl from Mangere, a farmer boy from Central Otago- and that is why I love New Zealand- we are people that grab opportunity and run with it, together, despite our own story- or because of it, we can shake the world- these two prove it.

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