Valerie Adams confirms engagement

    New Zealand’s Tongan-born shotput queen Valerie Adams has announced her engagement to fiancé Gabriel Price, but has not released any wedding plans.

    Adams, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, posted the news of her engagement to Facebook and twitter early today.

    “This happened a week a [sic] ago. #eternal life,” it said.

    The announcement was accompanied by two photographs.

    One apparently showed a diamond solitaire engagement ring and the other featured Adams sitting next to Price who is shown holding a bouquet of flowers.

    Their engagement came one year after a near miss they had with an aircraft in Tonga which they had boarded to fly to the nearby island of ʻEua.

    The aircraft skidded off the runway, but nobody was injured.

    Adams then tweeted: “Eua plane cancelled due to faulty brakes… Stink”.

    Adams had been holidaying in Tonga with Price, at her mother’s village of Houma.

    It appears this was the first time her relationship with Price was first made public.

    On that holiday trip Adams was appointed by Lord Vaea of Houma with the hingoa matāpule (herald name) Tongitupe-He-Funga-Taua. It is believed she was the first Tongan woman to be formally appointed to the cultural position.

    In 2010 the champion shot-putter announced she had split from her husband, New Caledonian discus thrower Bertrand Vili, and in 2012 the Olympic gold medallist announced the end of their marriage.

    Late last year Adams withdrew from the world championships in Beijing because of continuing problems following surgery.

    The main points

    • New Zealand’s Tongan-born shotput queen Valerie Adams has announced her engagement to fiancé Gabriel Price, but has not released any wedding plans.
    • Adams, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, posted the news of her engagement to Facebook and twitter early today.
    •  In 2010 the champion shot-putter announced she had split from her husband, New Caledonian discus thrower Bertrand Vili, and in 2012 the Olympic gold medallist announced the end of their marriage.
    •  Late last year Adams withdrew from the world championships in Beijing because of continuing problems following surgery.

     

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