Aug. 11, 2020, 11:32 a.m.
While most people are still in bed or hitting snooze on the alarm a group of Otangarei school kids are warming up for another hard training session. But they're not just there to get fit, it is also about developing a strong work ethic and preparing themselves to be able to succeed in whatever sport or career they may choose.
The Hākinakina Champions Programme has been in Otangarei for the last seven years and has produced around 14 national representatives in different codes and numerous representatives for Northland in different sports. Programme Trainer, Marcelle Kaipo, describes the programme as a "conveyor belt of opportunity" and ensuring talent isn't wasted by being unprepared and undisciplined.
HEAR FROM THE KIDS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMME IN THE VIDEO.