It’s been a fantastic athletics season for Year 11 student Nadia Evans who has become a National sprint champion.
She won the U18 100 metre and 200 metre events at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Christchurch last month where she sliced almost a full second off her 200m time, achieving a new personal best. She also anchored the Auckland U18 4 x 100m relay team to win gold and set a new Auckland Athletics record. In addition, while representing Long Bay College, Nadia set a new College Sport Auckland record at the Northern Zone Athletics Day for the 200m. Her incredible success comes on the back of a difficult 2019 season when Nadia suffered growth related injuries that forced her out of training and off the track.
“I can’t really believe it. But I do feel really proud,” says Nadia of her newly achieved records.
Known fondly by family and friends as the ‘Ginger flash” (thanks to her hair colour and speed), Nadia has an absolute passion for her sport and says she finds competing ‘exhilarating’.
“I am quite competitive and I like to do well. I’m really excited to get out there. I don’t really get nervous. I just try to do the best I can and whatever happens, happens.”
Nadia was just five years old when she joined Torbay Athletics Club before moving to Bays Athletics. She has always had an enormous passion for her sport and was delighted at age eight to meet her idol, legendary sprinter Usain Bolt. She is focussed on one day competing at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Nadia largely credits her success to her sprint coach Steve Erkkila who has guided her through the last eight seasons. She was selected to represent Long Bay College and New Zealand in the secondary schools’ team competing in Sydney at the Australian Championships but this event has now been cancelled due to COVID-19. Nadia is excited to see what next season will bring. competing in Sydney at the Australian Championships but this event has now been cancelled due to COVID-19. Nadia is excited to see what next season will bring.
Nadia in the 200m final at Auckland Champs.