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MNC swimmers to compete in NZ

Alex Sutton (back row, second from left) with the MNC Squad.
Alex Sutton (back row, second from left) with the MNC Squad.

SAWTELL swimmer Alex Sutton has been selected to represent Swimming Mid North Coast next month in the annual trek to New Zealand.

The 16-year-old impressed when he swam at the Australian Age Championships in Sydney last month and now he’s about to pack his winter woolies along with five other members of the MNC Squad.

Along with Wingham’s Connor Shakespeare, Waylan Murray from Kempsey and the trio of Port Macquarie girls in Anna MacInnes, Brooke Hudson and Bianca O’Malley, Sutton is preparing to compete in the Neptune Swim Club 27th Annual Queen’s Birthday Swim meet.

The meeting will be held on New Zealand’s Queen’s Birthday weekend which is a week before Australia celebrates the same holiday.

That means that Sutton and the squad which will be departing Sydney on June 3 before spending a night in Christchurch and another three in chilly Dunedin for the competition.

The squad will be competing under the watchful eye of team coach Mason Marchment from Crescent Head while well-known Dorrigo swimming identity Leigh Eastwood will be acting as the team manager.

As much as the trek across the ditch is about swimming well and representing the Mid North Coast there will be some time for fun. Once the meet is over the squad will spend two well deserved nights in Queenstown and have another night in Christchurch before heading home.