Val ad­justs to new life

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Kiwi shot put sen­sa­tion Dame Va­lerie Adams is not let­ting the up­com­ing birth of her first child get in the way of keep­ing up her train­ing.

Adams and hus­band Gabriel Price are ex­pect­ing to wel­come the new ad­di­tion to their fam­ily in Oc­to­ber and the two-time Olympic cham­pion told Seven Sharp about how she was cop­ing.

Af­ter a ‘‘rough’’ first 13 weeks, Adams said she is now feel­ing good and is com­fort­able about the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘When you’re an ath­lete you tend to con­trol ev­ery­thing where now this lit­tle hu­man in­side of you is con- trolling you,’’ she said.

‘‘So that took a lit­tle bit of get­ting used to but right now I’m feel­ing re­ally good. I’m ac­tu­ally smash­ing train­ing as much as I can which has been quite fun.’’

Adams, 32, said it was al­ways her plan to have a baby af­ter the 2016 Rio Olympics but she is still de­ter­mined to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in time for next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Adams ad­mits she has given some thought into the ex­pec­ta­tions that may may come with be­ing the child of one of New Zealand’s great­est sport stars.

But she is adamant there will be no pres­sure at home to fol­low in their mother’s foot­steps.

Dame Va­lerie Adams and her hus­band Gabriel Price are ex­pect­ing a new ad­di­tion to their fam­ily.

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