The best athletes have an ability to go into a zone. No matter how hard or tedious training becomes, they are able to focus on the end result and push through.

Khobi Paretoa is one of those people.

The 16-year-old Rotorua Girls' High School student has spent the first third of 2019 collecting medals at a range of waka ama events.

Khobi said she used to play basketball but was not that into it. Five years ago, a friend's mum asked her if she wanted to try waka ama. She fell in love with the sport.

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