Dame Valerie Adams

Shot put champion Dame Valerie Adams finishes up with longtime manager

Adams posted on social media on Friday night that she has ended her involvement with Cowan, her manager of 14 years, and joined the Halo Sport agency.

"Hey all – just a quick note to let you know that I have made some changes to the structure of my team," Adams posted.

"Nick Cowan and I have agreed to part ways. Nick has decided to pursue other endeavours and I wish him well in those and thank him for all of his work over the years.

"I have made the decision to join the team at Halo Sport and I am looking forward to working with them."

Baby girl for Valerie Adams

The 33-year-old put her career on hold to fulfil her dream of having a family.

However, the plan is to return to competition in time for April's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

At 33 weeks pregnant, Adams was still maintaining her training after receiving a medical clearance to lift "significantly lower" weights, although she was being monitored on a weekly basis.

Youth Commonwealth Games athletes learning from the best

A 34-strong New Zealand team will leave tomorrow for the competition.

Some of the athletes meet each other for the first time today, in their fresh uniforms you could tell they were feeling a mix of excitement with nervousness.

One of them sixteen year-old Pelea Fruean started boxing at the age of 12 when her big cousin Joseph Parker started teaching her.

It's now Dame Valerie Adams

She was formally invested as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland.

Dame Valerie received the honour in the New Year's Honours list for services to athletics.

She is a four-time world shot put champion, three-time world indoor champion, two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth Games champion.

She has ruled out competing at the world champs in London this year but intends competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year.