Fibreglass surface will challenge Black Swings
pionships begin on August 19.
‘‘We were the ones who committed to it but now we need to get really good at minigolf,’’ Giesen says.
‘‘We need to step up. It’s a whole new ball game over there.’’
The trio has been training hard every day at Lilliputt courses across the city, but fear they may be on the back foot. ‘‘It’s difficult because the courses over here are not like what’s going to be at the championships,’’ Jaynes says.
The Mt Eden resident says the competition will be played out in two classes, one on felt and one on fibreglass.
‘‘The fibreglass one is going to be hard because you can’t actually stand on the course without over,’’ she says.
‘‘Trying to recreate that is hard.’’
Fortunately the Black Swings will get some valuable time on the course before the competition begins.
‘‘Each team gets some time to play,’’ Sullivan says. ‘‘It’s all about angles, spins and technique.’’
The New Zealand Minigolf Federation was founded in 2010 with the goal of seeing a team compete on the world stage.
There is still much to do to get the Black Swings to Finland. The group has set up fundraising webpages to help raise the $25,000 needed for equipment, uniforms and travel costs.
Regardless of the money, the Black Swings are keen to make their mark on the world scene.
‘‘Every kid grows up with the dream of representing their country in sport,’’ Sullivan says.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole team playing together in uniform.