Adams be­comes a Dame

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Dame Va­lerie Adams hopes her lat­est hon­our will ser­vice to in­spire her Pacific people.

The dou­ble Olympic Games gold medal­list re­ceived the In­signia of a Dame Com­pan­ion of the New Zealand Or­der of Merit for ser­vices to ath­let­ics at a cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House in Auck­land on Wed­nes­day.

Adams, 32, a four-time world cham­pion, re­ceived her in­signia from the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Patsy Reddy.

Her hus­band, Gabriel Price, was among the au­di­ence.

Adams hoped she in­spired oth­ers. ‘‘I hope this opens many doors to in­spire our Pacific people, and lets them know it is pos­si­ble to do what you’ve got to do and get re­ward for it.

‘‘This would be on a par with winning an Olympic gold medal. It was an emo­tional cer­e­mony be­cause it’s so mean­ing­ful to the coun­try, my fam­ily and my­self as a proud Kiwi.

‘‘I don’t think you can stop giv­ing or help­ing at com­mu­nity, school or church level. That’s my duty now. I’m help­ing out a dis­cus thrower and an­other cou­ple of girls who are try­ing to lose weight. The best thing you can give some­one is your time, and my sched­ule is al­low­ing for that.’’

Be­tween 2008 and 2016 Adams won two gold medals and one sil­ver for shot put at the Olympic Games. She had a 56 com­pe­ti­tion winning streak be­tween 2010 and 2014.

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