Dame Valerie is undoubtedly the most dominant track and field star New Zealand has ever produced.
From 2006-2014 Dame Valerie was unbeaten in major championships, enjoying an unprecedented winning streak in world athletics of 107 competitions during that period. Her major wins included back-to-back Olympic gold at the 2008 and 2012 Games, and four world championship titles.
In 2016 Dame Valerie added silver to her Olympic medal collection, after making a comeback following shoulder, elbow and knee surgeries the previous year.
Now a mother of two, Dame Valerie continues to compete at the top level, and has her sights set on the Tokyo Olympics. She’s also made a foray into coaching, assisting younger sister Lisa with her bid to qualify for the Paralympics in the shotput.
A leader and role model in the Pacific community, the seven-time Halberg sportswoman of the year is a lively and engaging speaker.
Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist
Named a Dame Companion in the New Zealand Order of Merit
Olympic Silver Medalist
IAAF World Indoor Championships Bronze Medalist
Commonwealth Games Flag Bearer
IAAF Female Athlete of the Year
NZOC Lonsdale Cup
(2014, 2013, 2011, 2007, 2006)
Commonwealth Games Gold Medalists
(2014, 2010, 2006)
IAAF Indoor World Championships Gold Medalist
(Sopot 2014, Istanbul 2012, Doha 2010, Valencia 2008)
IAAF World Championships Gold Medalist
(Moscow 2013, Daegu 2011, Berlin 2009, Osaka 2007)
Halberg Sportswoman of the Year
(2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)
Olympic Gold Medalist
IAAF World Championship Silver Medalist