Fi­bre­glass sur­face will chal­lenge Black Swings

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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.’’

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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.

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