Dame Valerie Adams is one of New Zealand’s greatest ever athletes and one of the all-time best female shot putters globally, with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres.
She first broke into the international scene in 2001 by winning the world youth title and went on to win the world junior title the following year; this was followed by 56 consecutive competition wins. She competed in her fourth Olympic Games in 2016, having won gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. In 2018, Dame Valerie inspired the nation by returning to compete less than six months after the birth of her first child at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, bringing home silver.
In 2016, Valerie was appointed as a Dame of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is married, is a mother of two young children, and fluent in four languages.
Dame Valerie could speak or be part of a panel to any of the below topics:
- Resilience – in a personal and professional capacity
- The importance of work life balance and being a working mother
- Goal setting and success
- Women’s health and fertility/motherhood – sharing her personal experience
- How values shape you to become the person you are today – personal/family and cutural
- Personal experience as a professional athlete
- The importance of living a healthy lifestyle – drawing personal experience to talk about how Small Steps matter and the AIA Vitality pillars