20 Feb 2008

Part Tongan athlete takes out New Zealand's Supreme Award

10:13 am on 20 February 2008

The New Zealand born part Tongan athlete, Valerie Vili who picked up New Zealand's supreme sports Award last night says she can't dwell too long on her victory because she has the Olympics to prepare for.

The world champion shot putter also picked up the sportswoman of the year category.

Her coach Kirsten Hellier won coach of the year while the triple-world champion sculler Mahe Drysdale won the sportsman title again and rowing's men's coxless four took the team prize.

Vili will back in training this morning and she missed last night's awards ceremony in Christchurch to compete at the Black Singlet invitational meet in west Auckland.

"Would I rather be down in Christchurch then here no, I would want to be here and share this with my family because, I mean my family just don't get the chance to come down to awards like that I mean even these sorts of things is pretty hard to get family whereas tonight we had about 60 it makes a big difference."

Valerie Vili also shared stellar performance at the meet throwing a season's best 20.13 metres.

Former Supreme Award winner, New Zealand born Samoan Beatrice Faumuina also competing at the same event finished second in the discus with a throw of 58-point-47 metres.

Australia's Dani Samuels won with a throw of 60-11 metres.