My name is Marama Elkington. I’m a paddler from Porirua and I paddle for Hawaikinui Tuarua Waka Ama Club. I paddle in the Open womens division, and have been paddling for 13 years.
I usually compete in the National Sprints, and some long distance races like the NZ Aito, and Tahiti Aito.
Before I attend an event I educate myself to my competition. I watch potential threats in a W6 and strategies. When I get to the competition I familiarise myself with my course and conditions.
The night before I stretch and have my strategy planned, but adjust it the next day depending on different aspects.
On race day I sleep as much as I can, but also head down to observe the race calls, race starts and things like that.
Before a race I warm up by running, skipping, and exercises. I also stretch and slap down my body, and keep my body moving to keep the nerves from settling.
However I always have to do a nervous pee before every race (some habits die hard aye).
I don’t have a special diet, I usually snack after a race, and eat when I have enough time between races.
My saying is “Go hundy or go home”.
When I race I leave everything on the water. I like to remember the feelings I had when I lost to previous opponents and channel that when I both train.
I have no regrets leading up to race day, as I feel that is half of the work that goes into a race, being prepared. During my Open Women’s final in Australia, at the World sprints I however learnt a crucial lesson in racing. I have always had a bad habit of looking to the side at my opponent while racing. I looked across with 5ms to go, I fumbled with my paddle, and I lost.
This is probably the biggest thing I regret because I think I would have won. This however taught me the importance of trusting yourself and truly believing in what you can do, and your training.
I have had the privilege to know Marama and train with her in the past and all I can say is wow. Her presence can be quite intimidating because she is so focussed on the mahi. I have always been inspired by her work ethic and commitment to training and paddling, which clearly pays off.
So much gratitude to Marama for having the courage to step up and share her knowledge and how she makes it work for her.
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