Valerie Adams by Phil Gifford
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129 x 198mm
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The story of one of New Zealand s greatest sporting champions.

Valerie Adams is without question the greatest field athlete New Zealand has ever produced - and, if you're looking for confirmation of that fact, you need only scan the giant shot putter's astonishing list of achievements: reigning Olympic champion, reigning world champion and reigning Commonwealth Games champion.

Valerie Adams' story, though, does not just revolve around all the success she has achieved over the past eight or ten years. Her story is one of struggle, dedication and an incredible single-mindedness - all life experiences which have seen her become one of the great sporting champions. On top of that, she has become one of New Zealand's great role models, most especially for young Pacific Islanders.

In her book the traditionally media-shy Adams will talk about her humble upbringings - she was born in Rotorua to a Tongan mother and an English father - and raised mainly in south Auckland. She will talk about her incredibly successful partnership with coach Kirsten Hellier and, for the first time, shed light on the dramatic disintegration of that partnership in 2010. But perhaps most importantly, she will talk about what it's like to achieve at the very highest level...and to regularly look out from the centre of the sporting dais.
Publication Date:
01 / 11 / 2012
129 x 198mm

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