Hellier joins Athletics NZ
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.’’
Shot-putter Jacko Gill listens intently to coach Kirsten Hellier.