Thursday, 4 September 2014

Final Preparations for Luxembourg

This has been a strange week so far. I'm very fortunate to have a job that usually means no two days are the same, which makes it very interesting. Last week I had a presentation to complete marking a key point in a project I've been working on over the last six months, so it was good to bring that piece of work to a close. This week there has been lots of bit-n-pieces and month end activities going on tracking what progress has been made.

Of course the other big event about to start is the 2014 FCI Agility World Championships in Luxembourg.

Although I've been to the World Championships a number of times as a spectator, this will be my first time as the team manager.  Fortunately I have a great support team and many of the actual team have been part of a world championship team before, so they know the ropes.

The team have been doing their own last minute preparations this week which includes resting, maintaining fitness, a bit of training and mental preparations. At this level of competition handlers are generally well practiced in their preparations and routines. One of my jobs is to help them maintain that.

I would like to say I'll blog while I'm at the championships. However, I won't promise anything because I know next week is going to be a lot of early mornings and late nights!

If you follow this link you'll see the time table, start list and other information. You can follow Team GB on the KC Facebook page and we'll also be updating our twitter feed too.

The event will be live streamed by Agility Vision so if you're unable to attend then you can watch it on here.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the team during this years preparations. From our sponsors (The Kennel Club, CSJ specialist canine feeds, First Contact, Eurotunnel and Agility1st), the students and staff at Nottingham Trent University, the many agility people who have helped with judging, fund raising and all sorts of other activities. I can promise you that all of us on the support team and the handlers will be doing our very best at this exciting event.

Now back to the packing.....

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