Huntly's Junior under 16's, known as 'Manawaroa', are doing their final preparations for the World Sprint Championships in Tahiti next week. 

The 'Manawaroa' squad are debutants to the Waka Ama World sprints and they've qualified in the Junior 16 Girls section. 

They've been planning for this adventure for three years.

It's a journey their coach Hakopa Ngapo has described as 'long'.

"Koinā pea te painga o te tīmata wawe i tēnei whakaaro, i tēnei kaupapa, he whakatakoto i tēnei whakaaro i mua i ngā mātua e toru tau ki muri. He kaupapa nui, he kaupapa roa, koirā i tapaina ai ko te ingoa ki tēnei kapa ko Manawaroa."

For the last seven months this team has been training every morning and every night, one challenge was putting other kaupapa second for waka ama.

Because waka ama isn't a sport played on a regular basis it was an even harder task for their coach.

It was not easy keeping them interested and on track with this as other things would come up and Ngapo says this particularly kaupapa took up a lot of commitment. 

The squad will fly to Tahiti this Sunday.

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