Adams: It’s a girl

Waikato Times - - Front Page -

New Zealand shot put star Dame Va­lerie Adams has given birth to a baby girl, Ki­moana Josephine Adams-Price.

Adams, a two-time Olympic cham­pion, and hus­band Gabriel Price wel­comed the ar­rival of their first child with a heart­felt mes­sage on Twit­ter.

‘‘’Never knew a luh luh luh a love like this’ - Wel­come to the world, Ki­moana Josephine Adams-Price,’’ Adams wrote.

The 33-year-old put her ca­reer on hold to ful­fil her dream of hav­ing a fam­ily.

How­ever, the plan is to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in time for April’s Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

At 33 weeks preg­nant, Adams was still main­tain­ing her train­ing after re­ceiv­ing a med­i­cal clear­ance to lift ‘‘sig­nif­i­cantly lower’’ weights, al­though she was be­ing mon­i­tored on a weekly ba­sis.

‘‘We’re feel­ing pretty con­fi­dent, but we also need to have an en­vi­ron­ment that doesn’t en­gage pres­sure, rather flex­i­bil­ity to bring it to life,’’ Adams’ man­ager Nick Cowan told Stuff ear­lier this year.

One of New Zealand’s great­est ath­letes, Adams said in May that she had given some thought into the ex­pec­ta­tions that may come with be­ing her child.

But she was adamant there would be no pres­sure at home to fol­low in her foot­steps.

‘‘One thing I want to make sure is that I don’t do is push my child to be the sec­ond Va­lerie, to break records. I think they’re go­ing to get that enough,’’ Adams told Seven

Sharp.

‘‘If they want to be a bal­let dancer, please be my guest. I don’t know if there’s many bal­let Ton­gan bal­let dancers but hey, I will sup­port them with what­ever they want to do.’’

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