Topic: Waka Ama

Open W1 champ Marama Elkington prepares for Worlds

By Rahia Timutimu
  • Auckland
  • Australia

Marama Elkington is the current NZ W1 Open Womens' champion, defending her title she won last year. It's a title she first won when she was only 16-years-old, in 2015.

But she's got her eye on a bigger title. Next month she'll compete in Australia at the Waka Ama World Championships, which is held every two years.

To prepare herself, she trains on the water twice a day, morning and night, six times a week.

The 17-year-old is in her first year at university, studying Health Science full time. She has looked at different ways of fundraising in order to get herself there.

Elkington says, "I don't really have enough time with study and training, so I thought what can I do (to fund raise money). Finding a part time job isn't ideal for me, as I have to train and study, so I thought, I can teach (how to paddle)."

She's had a few people interested, and had organised to teach them this weekend.

Marama has three weeks to prepare herself for the World Championships, which starts on the 5th of May.