Tiare Māori, the Cook Island J16 Girls’ team is working hard towards the Waka Ama Worlds in Rio, Brazil in August.
According to Manuka Stirling, “We've been training for three months for the Worlds in Rio.”
Their coach Wayne says they split their trainings between the water and land based sessions. "The girls do a mixture of a lot of running, road running and up Māngere Mountain, around the craters and gym work"
Another challenge has been the financial pressures to get the team across to Brazil to compete.
Ngāpuhi descendent Kateao Barber-Horne says, “The support from our parents and coaches has been incredible, if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be going overseas.”
Whilst a lot of their trainings are behind them, there's still another eight weeks of hard work before the team fly out to Rio.