A new documentary is set to give audiences a behind-the-scenes look at one of New Zealand’s greatest athletes ever, Dame Valerie Adams.
‘More Than Gold’ is the name of the documentary. Created by Transmission Films, the trailer was just released today and it looks incredible!
Give it a watch below.
The caption tells us that in the documentary Valerie will really be opening up and giving her fans around Aotearoa and the world a good look at what it's like being not only a world-class athlete but also “a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a survivor.”
“Many New Zealanders believe they know Dame Valerie Adams,” the caption reads. “But in a sports documentary like no other, she shares her story with honesty and vulnerability - exposing herself in a way few sportspeople dare.”
“‘MORE THAN GOLD’ speaks to anyone who has faced hardship, lost someone they loved, or held onto a dream.”
“It is both funny and gut-wrenching as Dame Valerie shows us what it means to be a world-class competitor and a person for whom winning means more than gold.”
This sounds like it’s going to be a good one!
Valerie has had a unique upbringing, being one of 18 children her father had. Her youngest sibling is one of New Zealand’s best-ever basketball players, Steven Adams, who appears in the trailer.
Adams absolutely dominated the world shot-put scene for almost a decade. From 2006 - 2014 she won fifteen straight international tournaments, including two Olympic gold medals and three Commonwealth Games gold medals.
At last year’s Olympic Games she managed to take home bronze at the age of 36, which is not a bad effort at all from one of the older participants.
Cheering Valerie on during the Olympic and Commonwealth games is a fond memory for many families across NZ and Tonga, so a full-length documentary about her life is something we’ll make sure to tune in to.
‘More Than Gold’ will be released in NZ cinemas on October 20.