South Canterbury’s world champion shot putter, Tom Walsh, will return home on Wednesday to compete in the Fonterra Timaru Super Shot.
Walsh, who won gold and retained his shot put title at the 2018 World Indoor Championships this week, will be joined by four other world top-10 shot putters for the event at the Caroline Bay Soundshell.
Walsh’s success at the world championships – claiming championship, Oceania and New Zealand records with a distance of 22.31m – has put him at the top of his sport. He also won the 2016 indoor and 2017 outdoor championships.
Walsh was named 2017 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards last month.
The Timaru event, which will run from 4.30pm to 8pm, will include a children’s fun run, a shot put exhibition by Aoraki secondary school pupils and a tradies v VIPs challenge.
The other international shot putters in the Super Shot will include Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki, Jamaican O’Dayne Richards and Americans Brittany Smith and Ryan Whiting, along with Canada’s Tim Nedow and Brittany Crew, Australian Damien Birkinhead, and Kiwi-American Torie Owers.