Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams will compete in a
competition at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront on
Saturday, March 2.
The event, put on by the Auckland Council and Sport NZ, is
called Shot In The City. The council is contributing $30,000
for the one-off event.
The announcement was made today at High Performance Sport
NZ's National Training Centre on Auckland's North Shore.
Mayor Len Brown said he was thrilled Aucklanders would have a
chance to see Adams compete in the city.
"Valerie is a great ambassador for her sport, for Auckland
and New Zealand," said Mr Brown. "This event not only allows
us to see an international athlete in her prime, but will
also give people a chance to give shot put a go."
Adams said the event would be a first for New Zealand.
"It is based on Zurich's Big Shot event, but with a truly
Pacific and Kiwi feel, set against the backdrop of the
Pacific Showcase Markets in The Cloud. I'm pleased to be
bringing our sports communities and Pacific communities
together in a day that will be fun for everyone."