- Publish Date
- Monday, 9 August 2021, 10:12PM
It's no secret Dame Valerie Adam's children are her biggest inspirations.
And the feeling is mutual for her son, Kapaleli.
Just like his mum winning the bronze medal in the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics last week, the two-year-old won his own medal at daycare.
Taking to Instagram, the 36-year-old shared an adorable snap of Kepaleli sitting proudly at the kitchen bench with his gold medal sitting around his neck.
The Kiwi shot put champion captioned the post: "How cute is Kepaleli?
"My little champion comes home from daycare with his own medal which just made my day."
Winning the bronze with a throw of 19.62m, Adams has now won a medal at four consecutive Olympics.
Following the event, she told reporters: "This means so much more than winning my gold medals, I've worked so hard to be here today, I've worked so hard to put myself in a situation where I had the opportunity to try and win a medal for New Zealand.
"From the last Olympics to these Olympics I've had two humans and these two children really inspire me. Throughout the competition I kept looking up to the stand and imagining them there."
Adams is also mum to daughter Kimoana.