Glasgow 2014 will be the third Commonwealth Games for Valerie, after she represented New Zealand at the 2006 games in Melbourne and the 2010 games in Delhi, where she placed 2nd. Valerie is currently ranked number four in the world. Valerie placed 2nd at the 2013 Hong Kong Classic and the 2012 World Bowls Championships. She will be playing pairs alongside her best friend Jo Edwards.
Valerie won an Asia Pacific gold medal in the pairs in 2003 and a bronze in 2005. She is a multi talented sports person and has represented Nelson in soccer, softball, hockey, cricket and touch and also made the New Zealand squad in soccer