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.Read more