The journey to selection for 2018 the GB International Agility Team has started. Last weekend young handlers and this years senior squad attended the first two Agility Team GB days at Nottingham Trent University Brackenhurst Campus.
|YKC EOJ Try-out Day 1.|
Interest in the European Open Juniors [EOJ] increases each year. Two years ago 70 handlers attended the first try-out day, this year there were 140. And of course the standard increases too. Approx. 50% of the top performing young handlers from day 1 will be invited to go forward to the second day in February.
We'll then select the team who will represent GB in The Netherlands in 2018.
For the senior handlers their first squad day was designed to set the scene for the 2018 World Championships in Sweden and the European Open in Austria and help them start their preparations. For the first time this years squad includes handlers from the Development squad and ex-juniors. So we have a diverse group with good depth across all heights.
We received useful feedback from this years teams helping to shape our plans for 2018. Preparations are designed around the specific championships, our objectives and longer term plans. Squad Day 1 is an important day to share information with the handlers.
|Marc & Mr Big|
Sadly we were missing Marc Wingate-Wynn [Team Assistant] at squad day. Marc has decided to set down due to his work and personal commitments.
Marc has been a huge help and support for me and the Coaching Team. His professionalism and experience will be missed.
I'm sure the Coaching Team, our sponsors and the handlers who've worked with Marc appreciate all his support as Team Assistant.
|EO 2017 Coaching Team|
To find out more about Agility Team GB visit The Kennel Clubs Team pages