Earnscleugh youth Kensa Randle and her family are on the edge
of their seats.
In the next few days, the family will find out if Randle has
been selected to represent New Zealand in slalom kayaking at
the Youth Olympics in China during August this year.
In order to pursue her Olympic kayaking dreams, Randle left
Dunstan High School last year and took up NCEA by
correspondence so she could tailor her days around training
With such a dedication to kayak slalom, Randle had to give up
promising ability in netball, basketball and multisport, as
However, the sacrifices paid off, as she has excelled in
kayak and canoe slalom, representing New Zealand in events in
Australia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with numerous
Later this month, she will represent New Zealand at the
Junior World Canoe Championships in the Under-18 K1
[single-person kayak] Women's category.
Adrenaline and unpredictability involved in the sport
attracted her to the rivers and foaming white water to test
herself on slalom courses in both kayaks and canoes.
''I guess just being out on the water I really like ... You
never know what is going to happen. The No 1 person in the
world can stuff up and be out.
''It's really unpredictable and fun the way the water can
move you,'' she said.
Randle trained six days a week on the water, plus running and
With the combination of training and schoolwork, sometimes
she would be exhausted and asleep by 6.30 in the evening, she
Randle hopes to compete for New Zealand at the 2020 Olympics.
''It's a long shot but I think it should be possible.''
- Leith Huffadine
Name: Kensa Randle (15).
School: Correspondence School.
Sports: Kayak K1 and Canoe C1.
Achievements: Central Otago representative for Netball
and Basketball, 2010, 2011, 2012. New Zealand Multisport
National Championships national age group champion
(under-13), 2011, 2012. Six gold medals and overall under-16
women's champion at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Canoe
Slalom, 2014. New Zealand Canoe Slalom Nationals, first
overall under-18 women and third overall New Zealand Women.
Selected to represent New Zealand at the Junior World
Champions in the Under-18 K1 Women in Sydney in April.