Largest national team for indoor champs

Tom Walsh in action. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Tom Walsh in action. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Shot putter Tom Walsh will headline the largest New Zealand team to compete at the world indoor championships in Glasgow next month.

Eight Kiwis will compete in Scotland on March 1-4 when Walsh will aim to match Valerie Adams as a five-time medallist at the indoor event.

Walsh won bronze in 2014 before claiming back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2018, and added bronze two years ago.

He will be joined by fellow shot putter Jacko Gill, lining up for his second indoor championships, and Maddie Wesche, competing in the women’s shot put.

Hamish Kerr, who became the first New Zealand high jumper to win an international medal when claiming bronze at the previous championships in 2022, will return, as will pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, who produced the best jump so far this year of 4.84m.

Zoe Hobbs headlines the track athletes, competing in the women’s 60m and hoping to make it past the semifinals she reached two years ago.

George Beamish, who has set national 3000m and 5000m records already this year, will tackle the 1500m.

Maia Ramsden will make her indoor championships debut in Glasgow, competing in the 1500m.

Middle-distance runner Sam Tanner also qualified for the event, but opted for a series of domestic competitions to prepare for the Olympics.