CrossFit con­vert just won’t give up

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Kelsea Elk­ing­ton is her fa­ther’s daugh­ter – there can be no ar­gu­ment of that.

The Taka­puwahia 14-year-old is CrossFit mad and her ded­i­ca­tion to the sport has paid off, af­ter she placed sec­ond over­all in the 14- and- un­der cat­e­gory at the re­cent na­tion­als.

A mem­ber of WOF CrossFit in Porirua, Kelsea also gets all the train­ing she wants with rings, ropes and weights at home.

Her fa­ther, Jay Elk­ing­ton, is a lift­ing and chil­dren’s coach for WOF and his com­mit­ment to the pop­u­lar fit­ness pro­gramme got Kelsea hooked just over a year ago.

The fam­ily of­ten hold ses­sions for up to 30 people in their back yard.

‘‘It prob­a­bly seems like I had no choice, but I was keen to get fit and I got into grad­u­ally,’’ Kelsea said. ‘‘It’s a lot of fun and I en­joy push­ing my­self a bit.’’

Her com­pet­i­tive spirit and strength gave Kelsea the edge at na­tion­als, in Hast­ings. Jay said it was im­pres­sive to watch.

‘‘ There were runs and squats, skip­ping and box jumps,’’ he said. ‘‘ The com- pe­ti­tion was pretty hard, but Kelsea never gave up. She has a lot of stamina.’’

Kelsea’s take on her own per­for­mances was sim­ple.

‘‘I didn’t want to give up in front of all those people.’’

The girl who beat her will go to the United States to com­pete at the CrossFit Games, some­thing Kelsea as­pires to do one day.

She will rep­re­sent Aotea Col­lege at the New Zealand CrossFit sec­ondary schools cham­pi­onships later this year.

Kelsea does up to three ses­sions at WOF CrossFit a week and works out ev­ery day at home.

Along with the en­joy­ment that CrossFit brings, she said it helped other sports.

‘‘ I thought I was fit be­fore, but I wasn’t. I play hockey and bas­ket­ball [the lat­ter in a se­nior Welling­ton women’s com­pe­ti­tion] and find that I can keep run­ning for much longer and can take the knocks now.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Fit: Kelsea Elk­ing­ton with two

of the items es­sen­tial to get­ting fit the CrossFit way:

ket­tle­bells.

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