Published Thursday 31 May 2012


Video Interview



Rebecca Wardell was born in 1977. She focused originally on 400m hurdles. She represented New Zealand at the 2001 and 2005 World University Games and the 2003 World Championships. When she wasn’t selected for the 2004 Olympic Games team, she turned her attention to the heptathlon. She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in this event.

Rebecca completed a masters in transport engineering in 2010. After that, she became a full-time athlete. This enabled her to train hard for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Rebecca was in fourth place towards the end of the first day, with just the 200m to run. She was in serious medal contention. However, during the 200m, she pulled up short after twisting her foot. She was carried off the track, ending her medal hopes. She had a hairline fracture in her foot.

In 2011, Rebecca is in recovery from injury and is focusing on qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rebecca enjoys all of the heptathlon disciplines, but she says her favourite is javelin. She usually scores well in the shot put, javelin and 800m.

For more about Rebecca, see the Living the Olympic Values resource, available from olympic-values


Career highlights

Representing New Zealand at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

2006: New Zealand heptathlon champion.

2005: New Zealand 100m hurdles champion.

2003, 2004: New Zealand 400m hurdles champion.

2003: Set New Zealand 400m hurdles record (56.25 sec).



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