10 Jun 2009

Hellier to help out athletics team again

12:37 pm on 10 June 2009

Kirsten Hellier, the coach and mentor of Olympic and World Champion shot putter Valerie Vili, will again be on hand when Vili seeks to successfully defend her world crown in Berlin in August.

Hellier has been appointed by Athletics New Zealand as one of four coaches with the team in Berlin.

Hellier, Halberg Awards coach of the year for the past two years, has been in attendance when Vili has won gold at Olympic and Commonwealth Games and the world title in Osaka in 2007.

Chris Pilone, who coached Hamish Carter to the gold medal in the triathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, has been appointed distance coach.

Andrew MacLennan will be a multi-events coach, and Elena Vinogradova will also coach in multi-events and sprints.