I was a grateful guest of ANZ at the ceremony last night for Valerie Adams. Actually it was for really for the entire Olympic team, and all the medalists – which was nice. Of course Valerie getting her gold medal was the highlight, and we were told it was the first time an Olympic gold medal has ever been presented in NZ. NZOC Patron, Sir Jerry Mateparae did the presentation.
Adams looked fantastic – glowing and proud. The Cloud was packed to the brim, and I think they also had some people outside. After the ceremony, ANZ put on some pretty cool fireworks which included the Olympic rings.
Probably still not quite the same as getting the gold medal at the Olympic stadium, but hopefully this came close for Adams.
Funniest moment of the night for MC John Hawkesby having to pronounce the name of of the Tongan Royal Lupe’oloHalaevalu TupouMoheofo Virginia Rose Tuita daughter of HRH Princess SaloteMafile’sPilolevu Tuita, and then following that with Len Brown whom he thanked for his name