Marama cleans up in waka ama

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Mana Col­lege pad­dler Marama Elk­ing­ton de­liv­ered the goods at the na­tional school waka ama cham­pi­onships in Ro­torua in late March.

Elk­ing­ton, 16, won gold in the un­der-19 250m girls W1 sec­tion.

‘‘It wasn’t my best and I know I could have per­formed bet­ter, but it was a good out­come,’’ she said.

Although Elk­ing­ton’s re­cent train­ing regime has been fo­cused on long dis­tances rather than short sprints, she said her hard work had paid off.

‘‘As a joke, my mum, who was watch­ing, told my dad that I had been dis­qual­i­fied. He didn’t want to speak to her af­ter that, but when he found out I had won he was re­ally happy,’’ Elk­ing­ton said.

Elk­ing­ton is con­cen­trat­ing on long dis­tance events with an eye on the na­tion­als next Jan­uary and the world cham­pi­onships later in 2016.

Te Kura Maori o Porirua and Tawa Col­lege also en­tered teams in the school cham­pi­onships, and a Tawa Col­lege team won the un­der-19 250m mixed W12 cham­pi­onship.

The na­tion­als, held on Blue Lake, drew 1450 pad­dlers.

Lara Collins, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Waka Ama New Zealand, said the rac­ing as some of the most thrilling seen in the re­gatta’s 14-year his­tory.

Marama Elk­ing­ton was in su­perb form at the school waka ama na­tion­als.

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