Valerie Adams Biography
Birthday: October 6, 1984 (Libra)
Born In: Rotorua, New Zealand
Famously dubbed as “New Zealand’s Golden Girl”, Valerie Adams is a shot putter from New Zealand, a four-time World champion, and one of the only nine athletes to win the World championships at the youth, junior and senior level of an athletic event. She is also the proud winner of two Olympic Gold medals, and a three-time Commonwealth champion. Tall, strong and well-built from a young age, she actively participated in sports as a school girl. With the guidance and support of a Physical Education teacher in her school, she went on to smash records at the regional junior athletics day as a 13-year-old. She harbored dreams of making it big as a sportsperson and trained diligently in preparation for her future career. As a young teen she met former javelin thrower Kirsten Hellier who became her coach for the next 11 years, helping the girl in perfecting her technique and guiding her to her first major win in World Youth Championships in 2001. From there Valerie went from success to success, clinching several gold and silver medals on her way. She has made her country proud with her glowing achievements as an athlete and became the first Kiwi to be named the World Athlete of the Year, in Monaco, in 2014.