Valerie Adams poses with All Blacks and Manu Samoa cutouts in Apia

Val Adams poses in Samoa. Photo / Instagram
Val Adams poses in Samoa. Photo / Instagram

Valerie Adams has arrived in Samoa as part of her travels as New Zealand's first Pacific Sports Ambassador.

The triple-Olympic medallist posted a photo to social media of her posing in Apia with two larger-than-life cutouts wearing the uniforms of Manu Samoa and the All Blacks, with the caption "Talofa lava from beautiful Samoa".

Talofa lava from Beautiful Samoa

A photo posted by Valerie Adams (@valerieadams84) on

Adams had been in Tonga this week before travelling to Apia as part of her new role, where she will conduct coaching clinics with up and coming elite athletes.

At the time of her announcement Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the appointment would continue to strengthen our already strong sporting ties with the Pacific.

"Valerie Adams is uniquely qualified to carry out this important role. She has strong connections to the Pacific through her Tongan heritage and is one of New Zealand's most successful athletes," McCully said.

He said this was all part of a plan to help Pacific athletes compete on the world stage.

"The development of this new role follows several years of New Zealand's activity in the sports sector in Pacific countries.

"This includes the Government's recent announcement of a $10 million Pacific Sporting Partnerships programme aimed at getting more children in Pacific countries playing organised sports.

It caps an eventful week for the Adams family after brother and NBA star Steven Adams signed a massive 140 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.

- NZ Herald

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