'Every week we're getting stronger' – Dame Valerie Adams included in Comm Games team after birth of daughter

Four months after giving birth to daughter Kimoana, Dame Valerie Adams is ready to compete in April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Dame Valerie Adams, 34, has been provisionally named in New Zealand's 15-strong squad for the games, hoping to win a fourth consecutive gold medal.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Dame Valerie detailed the road back to competition after childbirth.

"I've been back training now since baby was six weeks," she said.

"My ligaments and my joints are still coming back from being completely relaxed." 

"I'm working with my body, and every week we're getting stronger."

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

Dame Valerie will compete on the Gold Coast after giving birth last October. Source: 1 NEWS



'It's a very small chance' – NZ Athletics refuse to rule Jacko Gill out of Comm Games inclusion

Kiwi shot putter Jacko Gill is a very small chance of competing in April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, NZ Athletics' high performance director Scott Goodman says.

Gill, 23, was ruled out of competition for six months in December, suffering myocarditis , inflammation of the heart that hinders the ability to pump blood around the body.

However, he could be a surprise inclusion in New Zealand’s athletics contingent, Goodman told 1 NEWS today.

"His management and Jacko himself have asked us to nominate him," he said.

"He's got another scan in the first week of March. He's of the opinion that if he's given the all-clear, he would like the opportunity."

"It's a very small chance, but if he's not nominated and selected, then in his mind there's no chance."

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.

High performance director Scott Goodman says that the shot putter could recover from his heart scare. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: Valerie Adams ready to return to competition ahead of Commonwealth Games

Dame Valerie Adams says she's ready to return to shot put ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, having been provisionally named in New Zealand's 15-strong squad for the April games.

Adams, 34, is one of two shot putters named in the squad, returning to competition for the fist time since the birth of daughter Kimoana in October.

Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Adams said that her intention was always to make it to the Commonwealth Games, where she'll seek a fourth consecutive gold medal.

"I knew before I had baby that I was keeping myself as fit as possible to try and come back for the Commonwealth Games," she said.

"It was just a matter of getting through the first couple of weeks, and seeing what motherhood was all about."

With just two months until the games, Adams says she's nearing full fitness, first targeting a strong performance at the New Zealand National Athletics Championships.

"I feel pretty good."

"I'm not exactly in competitive nick right now, but every week has been a progress for us."

"We have targets in place that we've set for ourselves."

Watch FULL LIVE COVERAGE of the 21st Commonwealth Games free-to-air on TVNZ from April 4, 2018.


The shot put legend headlines NZ's 15-strong team for the Gold Coast. Source: 1 NEWS