Residents hit waterfront to try shot put

Published date24 June 2022
Publication titleRotorua Weekender
With the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games kicking off at the end of July, four cities around New Zealand will be getting the chance to try their hand at shot put

More than 4500 athletes from 72 nations and territories will attend the games over the 11 days of competition.

The New Zealand team will be represented by up to 230 athletes, competing in around 20 sports and three Para sports.

Give it Your Best Shot involved a shot put circle touring Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch.

The event was held in Rotorua on Friday and Saturday, visiting Ōwhata School and Sunset Primary School on the first day.

Marvel Experiences partner Scott Wallace was helping run the event for the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

He says it is important for people to be active and the touring shot put circle gave children and adults a chance at trying the sport. It was a mix of people finding it fun and saying, ‘Oh, I’m not sure if I will be good at this’, he says.

Rotorua’s own Paralympic F37 shot putter and F38 discus thrower Lisa Adams attended the school and public events.

The athlete won gold in the shot put on her Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo last year.

Lisa wasted no time in breaking the Paralympic record with her first throw of 14.36m and heading to the top of the field, where she remained for the competition.

Over her next five throws, she bettered the record a further three times, with a throw of 15.12m in rounds five...

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