Rebecca Wardell was born in 1977 in Oamaru and was raised on her family's sheep farm. Rebecca started dreaming of competing against the world's best athletes when she was just seven years old. She was inspired to become an Olympian while watching the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games on television.

Always a keen, talented and driven athlete, Rebecca played lots of sports at school. After she left Rangi Ruru Girl's School in 1995, she decided to seriously focus on athletics. She focused originally on the 400m running and 400m hurdles, representing New Zealand at the 2001 and 2005 World University Games and the 2003 World Championships. When she wasn't selected for New Zealand's Olympic Games team in 2004, she turned her attention to the heptathlon, which involves competing in seven events over two days.

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Rebecca's Games History

  • Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010

    • Athletics (Heptathlon - Women)
      800m DNS
      Javelin Throw DNS
      Long Jump DNS
      200m DNF
      Shot Put 14.64 (837) 01
      High Jump 1.69 (842) 08
      100m Hurdles 14.18 (953) 01
      Placed 11 of 12
  • Olympic Summer Games Beijing 2008

    • Athletics (Heptathlon - Women)
      800m 2:13.65 (912) - 13th
      Javelin Throw - Group B 42.14 (708) - 23rd
      Long Jump - Group A/B 5.84 (801) - 32nd
      200m 24.64 (920) - 7th
      Shot Put - Group A/B 14.28 (813) - 10th
      High Jump - Group A/B 1.71 (867) - 28th
      100m Hurdles 14.07 (968) - 33rd
      Placed 22 of 43
  • Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006

    • Athletics (Heptathlon - Women)
      800m 2:15.80
      Javelin 48.48
      Long Jump 5.77
      200m 25.05
      Shot Put 13.16
      High Jump 1.64
      100m Hurdles 14.20
      Placed 7 of 12