Marama cleans up in waka ama
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.