Friday, February 3, 2012

Article in the Christchurch Star

Article in the Christchurch Star:

Heptathlete Rebecca Wardell, back home for tomorrow's international athletics meeting, talks to Sports Editor Nick Tolerton. 
Is this your first Christchurch meeting since you moved to Dunedin in July 2011 after the earthquakes? "Yes, and I'm really looking forward to it, especially to coming home and seeing family and friends. I know the guys have put a lot of work getting this meet back up and running after what happened last year, and drawing some big names. It's awesome. And I haven't raced at Christ's College since we used to go there when I was a schoolgirl at Rangi." 
What events are you doing? "The 100m, long jump, and shot  put. I know I'm in good shape in the shot put and I did a good training session on Tuesday, so I'm looking for a personal best in Christchurch. Mine's 14.74m." 
Will you give Valerie Adams a bit of a hurry-up?
"I don't know about that. May be if she's throwing with her left hand. If I'm within 5m of her I'll be happy." How is it going, based in Dunedin? "Fantastic. It's a really good base down here and the people to train with, and it's really nice not to live with the shaking, but at the same time you're close to home." 
The Olympic heptathlon is your big goal this year. How's your build-up going?
"I've got my first chance of qualifying the last weekend of February in Melbourne, and all going well I'll qualify and head to Europe when it starts getting cold. The standard is 6050 points, and my best is another 50 points more than that, so it's achievable. The main thing is the body staying in one piece. I'm still feeling the effects of my foot injury sustained at the Commonwealth Games. It's an ongoing issue but something I'm managing at the moment, but I'm not doing 100 per cent of the training I'd like to."
Where were you on February 22, 2011?
"I was at Rangi Ruru standing on the field, about to coach javelin. If you have to be anywhere, standing in a field is a good place. I'd been at QE2 in the pool earlier in the morning, and you wouldn't want to have been there, but with all the girls at Rangi and trying to keep them happy after the quake, it was pretty full on."

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