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New Zealand's Olympic and World champion Valerie Vili Splits with coach

New Zealand’s throwing darling Valerie Vili, the Olympic and World Championship gold medal winner has split with long-serving coach Kirsten Hellier.

Vili made the announcement at a press conference on Sunday, stating that it was a difficult decision to make.

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The split was said to be a mutual one though.

Hellier said in their statement: “After 11 wonderful years, I have reached the level where I feel I can no longer give Valerie what she needs in order to continue her progression as an athlete.

“My confidence in Val’s abilities has not altered and I wish her nothing but happiness, love and success for the future. My desire now is to explore new business and career opportunities and spend more time with my family.”

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Vili, who has dominated the women’s Shot Put in last few years, said “It’s sad to be losing Kirsten from my team. “It’s been amazing what we have achieved together but I have more to do yet.

“We have talked together about the future and feel this is the best pathway to take.”

She added: “Kirsten has always been more than a coach to me. She has been an amazing mentor and friend. That part of our relationship will not change.”

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