Hel­lier joins Ath­let­ics NZ

Eastern Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Top-class coach Kirsten Hel­lier is join­ing Ath­let­ics New Zealand in a key men­tor­ing role.

The East Auck­lan­der, for­mer Vic­to­ria Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list and 1992 Olympic javelin thrower has been ap­pointed as Ath­let­ics NZ pro­gramme coach – throws, based in Auck­land.

Hel­lier, who coached world and OIympic shot put cham­pion Va­lerie Adams from 1998 to 2010, was named win­ner of the Hal­berg Awards coach of the year in 2007 and 2008, and is now coach­ing Olympic shot-put fi­nal­ist Jacko Gill.

The new role has come about fol­low­ing a lift in the sport’s fund­ing from High Per­for­mance Sport NZ on the back of Ath­let­ics NZ’s suc­cesses at the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro last year and a rise in per­for­mances across the board.

Ath­let­ics New Zealand high per­for­mance di­rec­tor Scott Good­man is ex­cited by Hel­lier’s ap­point­ment.

“Kirsten brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to the pro­gramme and we’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing with her to sup­port Jacko Gill and a squad of throw­ers through to Tokyo 2020 and be­yond,’’ Good- man says.

Hel­lier says she’s ‘‘pleased and ex­cited to be join­ing the coach­ing team at Ath­let­ics NZ”.

“Be­ing able to sup­port ath­letes to reach their full po­ten­tial is an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege.

‘‘I look for­ward to the chal­lenge and jour­ney ahead.’’

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Shot-put­ter Jacko Gill lis­tens in­tently to coach Kirsten Hel­lier.

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