'I'm going to take care of business' - Tom Walsh amping for Timaru competition return

Kiwi shot put world champion is in for a welcome to remember, returning to his hometown of Timaru to compete in the Super Shot Put event at Caroline Bay Soundshell.

Walsh is returning from the UK after wining gold at the Indoor World Championships in Birmingham earlier this month.

The 26-year-old turned down the offer of a parade from Timaru mayor Damon Odey, opting instead for a elite shot put meeting for south Canterbury - with the town happy to oblige.

The world champion will be joined by competitors from home and abroad, with the Commonwealth gold medal hopeful eager to get in some good practice ahead of April's games.

"I definitely want to win and I'm not coming here to get second," Walsh told 1 NEWS.

Walsh said he crossed the first goal off his list at the Indoor World Championships but there's another waiting for him on the Gold Coast. Source: 1 NEWS

"I'm going to take care of business and beat all these guys."

Walsh hasn't competed in his hometown since 2012, with organisers thrilled by his return.

"It's a massive deal for the Timaru district having one of our favourite sons come home," Chief Executive of Aoraki Development Nigel Davenport said.

"What better way than to bring the family down and celebrate the success of Tom."

The Kiwi shot putter will compete at the Super Shot competition tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It's a massive deal for Timaru' – Tom Walsh returns home after global success

The Kiwi shot putter will compete at the Super Shot competition tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

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Tom Walsh has one goal ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Win.

The Kiwi shot putter told 1 NEWS today he's heading to next month's event with extra drive to claim a gold medal that he's yet to savour.

"I'm going to the Comm Games to win, for sure," Walsh said.

"It's one of the medal's I don't have."

Lucky for the Kiwi shot putter, he'll enter the event in good form after winning gold at this month's Indoor World Championships in Birmingham with a record-breaking throw of 22.31m.

Walsh also added the World Championship medal last year in London with a throw of 22.03m.

"To break the indoor games record, my form mustn't be that bad," he joked.

"I'm going really well, I'm really happy with where I'm at... I've got a three week window before I throw in the Gold Coast so that gives me a lot of time to freshen up."

Walsh is competing for the first time in years in front of a home crowd tomorrow when he takes on some of the world's best at the Timaru Super Shot - a friendly meet the town has put on to welcome home their sporting hero from Birmingham.

Walsh said he crossed the first goal off his list at the Indoor World Championships but there's another waiting for him on the Gold Coast. Source: 1 NEWS