The children and staff of Wauchope Public School will be crossing their fingers and toes tomorrow (Friday April 12) when Year 4 students Axl Pope and Flynn Daley hit the big time in Sydney.
The boys are representing our region at the New South Wales Primary School Sports Association primary swimming championships. They will take the plunge at the Olympic Park in Homebush.
Alex Pope was reigned junior boy champion at the Wauchope Public School swimming carnival in Wauchope, junior boy champion at the district carnival in Port Macquarie and junior boy champion at the Lower North Coast carnival in Kempsey. He came away from the carnival season with some nice new trophies to fill his room.
The boys travelled to Ballina last month for the North coast swimming trials and both placed in their respective events qualifying them for state. Axl and Flynn are in the same class at school and train together once a week at Vicki's swim centre in Port Macquarie with squad instructor Donna and enjoy the energy of the pool.
The nine-year-olds are a great support for one another. You can hear them chanting their mate on through the crowds in encouragement, as they watch each other swim in their heats.
Axl swims with established local swim coach Larry Brooks at the Wauchope pool. Axl has a lot of respect for Larry and the senior squad team that he trains with.
"Axl loves watching and learning off the big kids; he really admires them, and they enjoy helping Ax, they are a great bunch of kids. We have some great talent here in Wauchope," says his mum, Renatè Pope.
The two friends are excited about sharing the journey together this year, and we wish them all the best of luck.
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