Shotputter Tom Walsh is one of New Zealand's most successful field athletes having won an Olympic bronze medal at Rio 2016, gold at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and silver at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Walsh also won the 2017 World Athletics Championships with a throw of 22.03m.

Walsh first represented New Zealand at the World Under 18 Championships in 2009, finishing sixth in the shot put.

Since then his career has blossomed and in March 2016 he won the World Indoor Championships with the biggest winning margin in the event ever, improving from the bronze medal two years earlier at the same event.

Walsh is originally from Geraldine and now lives and trains in Christchurch. He works part-time as a builder when he is not training and competing overseas.

Coached by Athletics NZ High Performance Programme coach Dale Stevenson with input from strength and conditioning expert Angus Ross, Tom competes for South Canterbury Athletic Club. His Personal best is 22.67m (NZ record).


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